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Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Degrees


Postgraduate research students are a key component of the University of Manchester's strategic vision. The University is an internationally distinguished centre of research. Our aim - expressed in the Manchester 2015 vision - is to be "one of the World's leading Universities that engages world class scholars in a pioneering research culture". We endeavour to provide students with opportunities to excel in an environment that provides outstanding supervision, training and facilities.

This Code of Practice for postgraduate research degrees constitutes the central reference document for policies, procedures and good practice at the University of Manchester. It defines the minimum requirements for postgraduate research through full-time and part-time modes of study. It has been designed to ensure a high quality framework is implemented and maintained consistently across the University. It sets out the responsibilities of the University, faculties, schools and supervisors so that students know what they can expect from the University. In return, it details the responsibilities of research students so that students know what the University expects of them. In this way, we aim to enhance the international profile of our postgraduate research, increase completion rates and raise levels of student satisfaction by 2015.

This code is an evolving document that will grow in line with national and international developments in graduate education and with the ever increasing levels of best practice in postgraduate research at the University of Manchester. Staff and students are encouraged to become actively involved in improving and extending the code. All feedback is welcome and should be directed to the Graduate Education team in the Research Office.

Professor Melissa Westwood
Associate Vice President for Research
Director of the Manchester Doctoral College
University of Manchester