The College of Social Sciences & International Studies has a dedicated Graduate Research School which is committed to supporting its vibrant postgraduate research student community. It helps to support both intellectual and social contact between graduates of different disciplines and from different backgrounds and countries. 

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Teaching

In addition to the face-to-face lecture and seminar sessions, you’ll have regular tutorial support from academic staff in person and/or by telephone, email and internet protocols; and receive detailed written feedback on assignments.

At the thesis stage, you are allocated two supervisors and a mentor. The role of your mentor is to provide you with pastoral support (including providing advice in cases when difficulties arise between you and your supervisor); the mentor may be either a member of the College’s academic or support staff. Further details about the role of the mentor can be found in the University’s Code of Good Practice for Supervision of Post Graduate Research Students.

You will be assigned a mentor for the duration of your registration on the programme.

Different teaching, learning and assessment methods used at Exeter are explained in more detail here.

Assessment

The University’s Credit level descriptors, as defined in the Levels and Awards Framework  are indicators of the level of complexity, relative demand and autonomy expected of a learner on completion of a component of a programme of study.

In Phase 1 of the programme all modules are assessed against the University’s HE level 8 criteria. For each module attempted in Phase 1, any of the following recommendations may be made by the examiners:

  • Pass (P) – Doctoral standard has been achieved for all assessed criteria.
  • Minor Amendments (M1) – Doctoral standard has NOT been achieved for all assessed criteria and minor amendments, to be completed within a specified time frame, are required to bring the work up to doctoral standard.
  • Major Amendments (M2) – Doctoral standard has NOT been achieved for all assessed criteria and major amendments, to be completed within a specified time frame, are required to bring the work up to doctoral standard.
  • Fail (F)Doctoral standard has NOT been achieved in a resubmitted assignment following  major or minor amendments.  A fail grade will automatically be awarded if the required major/minor amendments are not submitted within the specified time OR if the re-submitted assignment shows insufficient evidence of improvement (i.e., the same recommendation cannot be awarded twice).

In Phase 1, all pass and fail grades remain provisional until endorsed at the Examination Board.

In Phase 2 of the programme, assessment follows the university’s Code of Good Practice for examination of doctoral theses.  Full details can be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website: Code of Good Practice: Boards of Examiners for Degrees by Research

Progression

At an Exam board held at the end of Phase 1 of the programme, your performance in all the modules will be reviewed. Your progression to Phase 2 will be endorsed provided that

(i)you have been awarded 180 credits, of which 120 are for ‘core’ modules and 60 are for modules within one “special field”.

(ii)you have asked to undertake ‘major amendments’ for submitted assignments in no more than four of the modules attempted.

Your progress will be monitored through the university’s Annual Monitoring of Research Students (AMR) process. This is to confirm that you are making appropriate progress and that you remain on schedule to meet your target submission date and your completion deadline (maximum period of study). Details of the AMR process be found in the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (TQA) on the University of Exeter website: Code of Good Practice for Annual Monitoring of Research Students

Condonement is the process that allows you to pass a ‘phase’ should you fail to achieve the required number of credits in any phase.  There are no condonable modules offered in this programme.

Mentoring It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of mentoring. The role of your mentor is to provide you with pastoral support (including providing advice in cases when difficulties arise between you and your supervisor); the mentor may be either a member of the College’s academic or support staff. Further details about the role of the mentor can be found in the University’s Code of Good Practice for Supervision of Post Graduate Research Students: http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%207/7Epgsuper.pdf

You will be assigned a mentor for the duration of your registration on the programme.

Access to electronic resources  The course is designed for maximum flexibility and all modules offer a blend of self-study, assisted by online provision, and face-to-face contact with your tutors and fellow students and resources are available online through the Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) which enables you to access course materials and use tools such as discussion forums and learning logs to interact online. You can access ELE resources for each module once registered on the programme. 

Conference Attendance Both the College and the Graduate School of Education host an annual student conference and all students enrolled on the programme are invited to attend and/or present  ‘work in progress’ at either or both of these conferences.  The college also provides additional funding for conference attendance during your period of enrolment (with approval from supervisor/tutor) (£250 per annum for fulltime students, £125 per annum for part time students). This amount can be rolled over into the following year if not used in any given year.

Access to computers and printers During both Phases of the programme you will have access to the Research Support Unit (RSU) on St Luke’s campus which is open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The RSU provides access to networked computers and a wide range of other equipment, plus a variety of quiet work areas including allocated desk space and 'drop in' space.  The 'drop in' space is open to all postgraduate students, while allocated desks are available only on application for such space. Technicians located in South Cloisters support students in the use of RSU facilities during office hours. Further details about the use of the RSU can be found on the Graduate School of Education web pages describing the facilities for graduate students available at St Luke’s.

PGR Liaison Forums The PGR Liaison enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision. Further details about can be found in the University’s Code of Good Practice for PGR Liaison Forums.