University Calendar 2017/18
Section IX : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Academic Unit Ocean and Earth Science
Final Award Doctor of Philosophy in Ocean and Earth Science (PhD)
With exit awards of:
Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Programme(s) Integrated PhD in Ocean and Earth Science
Last modified April 2016

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Regulations for Research Degrees and Higher Doctorates) of the University Calendar.

Except where the School has been granted an opt-out by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
1.1 Admissions requirements will be as stated in the University's General Regulations, the Programme Specification, the Admissions Policy and the University Prospectus.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 This programme consists of taught components at FHEQ Level 7 followed by research components for years 2, 3 and 4 at FHEQ Level 8.
2.2 Please refer to the relevant programme specifications for further detail.

3. Progression
3.1 At the end of Year 1 an overall average mark of 50% or above is required in the taught component in order to continue in the research phase of the iPhD programme.
3.2 Students who complete the required modules and pass the required assessments at an appropriate standard will be able to progress to year 2 of the iPhD.
3.3 Candidates who pass the taught part of the programme but fail to achieve the standard required to proceed to research for the iPhD may be permitted to undertake supervised research for a Master's dissertation for the award of the MSc in Oceanography.

4. Assessment
4.1 Year 1
The taught component is assessed under the University regulations for standalone masters programmes

See University Regulations for the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy for further information regarding candidature in years 2-4.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 Students may exit from their taught component with the award of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or an MSc, if they are not able to progress towards the MPhil/PhD.
5.2 Students who have satisfied all the requirements but who do not wish to progress beyond the taught element towards a research degree, may be allowed to transfer to the Master's level programme - providing they have achieved an overall mark of 50% from the taught element. In this case, a dissertation would be required.
5.3 The criteria for these awards are stated in the University regulations for standalone masters programmes.
5.4 Students may exit from their research component with the award of MPhil, if they have demonstrated the criteria specified for this award in the University's Code of Practice.
5.5 Please refer to the relevant programme specifications for further detail.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 There is no formal requirement to undertake a placement but some iPhDs may incorporate an extended placement at the industrial sponsor's premises or incorporate study periods with an academic partner. Such placements will be subject to the University's normal risk assessment procedures.

7. Other
7.1 As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, these regulations may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.
7.2 Further information concerning temporary suspension of candidature, nominal registration, extension of candidature, submission of thesis can be found in the Regulations for the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy (University Calendar Section V).

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