Doctoral College Handbook

The Doctoral College Handbook provides a user-friendly guide to the expectations we have of our students and supervisors. It also sets out the supportive environment we provide to enable every doctoral student to have the best possible experience while undertaking their studies. The Handbook complements the formal guidance set out in the Code of Practice and Regulations.

Code of Practice

Our quality management framework for doctoral study is set out in the University’s Quality Assurance Code of Practice. Quality Assurance Statement 7 (QA7) sets out the most important principles and procedures applicable to higher degrees by research.


Our research degrees are subject to rules and regulations which may change from time to time. You should refer to the Regulations for Students for the latest admissions regulations and conditions for the award of higher degrees.


To find relevant forms and further guidance, browse our resources for doctoral study, examination and progression.

We are currently reviewing guidance for Directors of Study and supervisors. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the Doctoral College Handbook, Code of Practice and Regulations.