Directed independent learning must be submitted in accordance with the University’s requirements. Colleges may choose one of the following options:
- To accept an electronic copy of the work.
- To accept two soft bound copies and an electronic copy.
Colleges must inform students of the method of submission in the College Handbook. Each copy shall contain:
- A statement that it is being submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree.
- A summary of the work not exceeding 300 words in length.
- A statement, signed by the candidate, showing to what extent the work submitted is the result of the candidate's own investigation. Acknowledgement of other sources shall be made by footnotes giving explicit references. A full bibliography should be appended to the work.
- A declaration, signed by the candidate, to certify that the work has not already been accepted in substance for any degree, and is not being concurrently submitted in candidature for any degree.
- A signed statement regarding availability of the thesis.
Detailed instructions on the presentation of work shall be available to candidates in the Academic Regulations.
Submission of the work shall be defined as submission of a piece or pieces of work submitted in accordance with the requirements specified under submission of directed independent learning (above) and should also meet the requirements (format, word limits, etc.) specified by the College. A College shall have the discretion to determine whether a submission fails to meets these requirements.
Submission of directed independent learning shall be at the end of the third semester. For students entering the University in September this shall be:
Full-Time Candidates: 12 months after enrolment
Part-Time Candidates: 36 months after enrolment
A College may set an earlier deadline for submission, which must be printed in the College's handbook.
Candidates who fail to submit their work by the deadline will fail Part Two of the programme and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma as an exit award.
Each degree has a maximum period of candidature. The maximum period is designed to enable candidates whose studies have been interrupted for whatever reason to complete their degree. Candidates must aim to complete their programme by the deadlines as given in section 3. A candidature shall lapse (and examination be thereby precluded) if the programme is not completed within the University time limits outlined in section 3.