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Research Student Handbook

PGR Student Handbook


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The College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) is committed to supporting our vibrant postgraduate community across the following disciplines:

We have produced this Handbook to provide you with information about your registration and status, your progress through your research programme, supervision, research training, writing up your research and thesis requirements, submission and examination, as well as other important aspects of your life as a research student, such as participation in the College research community, where to find support, and what facilities are available to you.

If you are externally sponsored you will also need to ensure you comply with the rules and regulations from your sponsor. Research Councils have their own postgraduate funding guides on their websites. If you are part of a Doctoral Training Partnership (e.g. NERC GW4+ DTP, BBSRC SWBio DTP, ESRC SWDTP) they will also have a DTP handbook. Please ensure you read these fully if you are sponsored by a Research Council. This is particularly important because the rules and regulations set by Research Councils supersede those of the University and College.

If you are studying for a Professional Doctorate in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (e.g. the DClinPsy, DClinRes or DClinPrac) you should refer to your individual programme handbook.

If you are studying on the BBSRC South West Doctoral Training Programme (BBSRC SWBio DTP) and are in Year 1 you should also refer to the Biosciences Masters handbook which will include details of assessment methods/procedures for the taught modules you will undertake in Year 1 of your MPhil/PhD.

The College has extensive information and resources on its website at You are advised to also refer to these web pages for the latest College information.