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University regulations (PGR regulations and policies)

All postgraduate research programmes at the University of Manchester are governed by a set of ordinances and regulations.

Postgraduate education is also managed through the University’s Code of Practice which covers the different policy areas including:

  • Admission to the Degree
  • Supervision
  • Progress and Review
  • Changes to Degrees

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.

Updates to Supervisor Policy (2022)

A recent and positive update to the University Supervision Policy for Postgraduate Research degrees now recognises the importance of supporting individuals who are establishing their academic independence, by allowing them to be appointed as main supervisor from the start of a PGR's programme.  Individuals can be appointed as main supervisor if they meet all other criteria as outlined in the Policy, such as having an experienced co-supervisor and holding a contract beyond the end date of the PGR (or with approval from HoD to confirm their post is underwritten/in budget).  

This is a really positive change to the supervisory policy and will see academics establishing their independence being formally recognised for their contribution to PGR supervision.  This also includes early career researchers in receipt of their first external grant or for those setting up their first research group as an external intermediate fellow or new investigator awardees.

Approval should be sought from the Doctoral Academy - via the Associate Dean for PGR (or their delegate, ie PGR Director) in conjunction with the Head of Division.


Faculty guidance for Postdocs as Supervisors

In some circumstances, a supervisor may wish to nominate a postdoc as co-supervisor.  This can be considered but will depend on the composition of the entire supervisory team and contract duration of the postdoc.  If Senior Tutors/Tutors are unsure whether it is appropriate to allow a postdoc to act as co-supervisor, please seek guidance from the Doctoral Academy Admissions team or your School PGR Director.  If approved, it is expected that the postdoc attends the relevant sessions as part of the New Academics Programme.