Part-time DPhil Structure
Part-time study is expected to take place at 50% of the intensity of full-time study. Theses within the Medical Sciences Division are normally a maximum of 50,000 words in length.
All students begin their studies as Probationer Research Students (PRS status). During a research student’s career, they will undergo two milestone assessments. These are designed to evaluate the student’s progress at two key points in their studies.
Transfer of Status provides an opportunity for a detailed check on a student’s progress, and understanding of their DPhil research, within the first eight terms of the programme and is an opportunity for students to receive independent feedback. Confirmation of Status usually takes place in the sixteenth term after admission, and offers an opportunity for students to receive independent feedback as they begin the process of writing up their findings and drawing conclusions for their thesis.
After a successful Confirmation of Status, students are expected to submit their thesis by the end of the eighteenth term. A viva examination will be conducted by two examiners, one internal to the University and one external. This would typically take place within three months of the examiners being sent the completed thesis.