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Teaching and learning
Supervision is arranged taking account of the research interests and expertise of the staff and the candidate's proposed project. On occasion, joint supervision with a member of staff from another School within the University may be arranged, depending on the research method or topic to be studied.
Preference will be given to students whose research will complement the current research themes of the School.
Progression and assessment
Students join one of the Research Groups within the School appropriate to the nature of their study. Each academic grouping holds regular meetings aimed at the following types of research activity:
- Discussing students' progress in a wider research context
- Providing a forum for staff and students to present research findings and ideas in a supportive atmosphere
- Discussing and giving advice on conference presentations and broadening awareness of student's research
- Facilitating career development opportunities beyond their PhD
There is a detailed system to monitor the progress of PhD students. Students must submit work at specific stages and meet with their supervisors throughout their course. Some meetings are informal, while others are formal and documented.
All students must submit a continuation report at the end of 11 months (23 months if part time) which must be of the quality and style of a masters thesis and which is accompanied by a viva examination.
When students register, they receive a postgraduate handbook which explains the monitoring procedures in detail, including flowcharts for easy planning. This information is also available on the Faculty intranet, which students gain access to upon registration.
The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work is based in a state of the art building housing seminar rooms, IT facilities, interpersonal skills laboratories and lecture theatres. The wider facilities of the university are of an excellent standard, with one of the best library collections and resources in Europe.