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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.
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
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.