Policy on research degrees

This Policy has been approved by the University’s Education Committee as the framework the University expects to see underpin the provision of its research degrees at Oxford. The Policy supplements the requirements for research degrees set out in the Examination Regulations.

The three main purposes of the Policy are:

  • To let staff know what they must do;
  • To let students know what the rules are; and
  • To ensure that the University’s practice complies with external requirements and to articulate the way in which it complies.

The Policy was revised in 2013 to reflect some of the recent developments in doctoral education. The revision drew in particular upon the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education which was released in 2012.

This web-based Policy on Research Degrees replaces the previous published version of the Policy and Guidance on Research Degrees.

The sections of the Policy are as follows: