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PGR policies (regulations, policies, processes and guidance)

University level regulations and policies

All postgraduate research programmes at the University of Manchester are governed by a set of ordinances and regulations, which are managed through the University’s Code of Practice which covers a range of policy areas, for example:

  • Applications and admissions
  • Supervision
  • Progress and Review
  • Changes to Degrees
  • Submission and Examination

Senior Tutors, Tutors and Supervisors should familiarise themselves with the relevant policies when supporting or advising PGRs.

For any queries relating to degree regulations - or for further guidance on the application of the Code of Practice policies within the Faculty - please contact the Doctoral Academy.

Guidance from professional bodies

General Medical Council - Any contact and evaluation of patients would require registration. Only non-medical research e.g. questionnaires and observational studies with no patient assessments of any type can be conducted without registration.

General Dental Council - A student can only be in a clinical setting without registration if they are en route to becoming qualified or are qualified but require registration to practise. In some cases, they can work as a trainee dentist when they complete, before their registration comes through, if they have indemnity/course clearance. Anything that constitutes the 'practice of dentistry' requires registration or training for registration.

Nursing and Midwifery Council - Students can perform tasks without registration that are considered Band 4 or below e.g. performing questionnaires. They can be in the clinical setting and observe but cannot undertake any clinical practice without registration.