Clinical Course Components
As for Standard clinical course.
At the end of year one of the PhD, a report on progress is submitted for examination by two assessors (neither of whom is the research supervisor) and a viva is held. At the same time, the supervisor writes a report on progress. These two reports, taken together, are submitted to the Degree Committee for approval. If the reports are favourable and the assessors and supervisor recommend progression, the student continues with PhD research. If not, a second attempt may be allowed, or a candidate may be advised to register for a master’s degree instead.
All PhD students record their Researcher Development training by completing a Personal Progress Log; this log is reviewed at the end of each year by the student’s Research Supervisor, and it may be requested for inspection by the Degree Committee when considering the ‘first year report’ or the final dissertation. The PhD thesis should be submitted before the return to clinical studies, ideally allowing five weeks for the organisation of the viva.
The requirements for the thesis and its examination for the PhD degree are exactly the same as for any PhD in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine.