This section should be read in conjunction with the University’s Guide to Research Student Admissions.
A candidate for the Doctoral Element of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (integrated +2) must hold an initial degree of a UK university or another university approved by Senate and must complete and pass the Taught and Research Master’s elements of the programme in sequence, before formally progressing to the doctoral element of the programme. Candidates may be provisionally enrolled on the Doctoral Element following submission of the Directed Independent Learning element from the Research Master’s element, in line with the regulation on concurrent enrolment, to a maximum of three months.
In order to progress to the doctoral element of the programme, candidates are required to complete and pass (either at the first or second attempt) all taught modules comprising the Research Master’s element and submit the directed independent learning component.
Candidates must also pass all modules comprising the Research Master’s element, achieving 60% or more in over half of taught modules by credit weighting, and achieve 60% in the Research Master’s dissertation.
Any candidate who is required resubmit the Directed Independent will have one further attempt to pass. Such candidates must pass at the second attempt and will be required to commence the Doctoral Element at the next available entry point.
Candidates who submit extenuating circumstances as part of their Research Master’s element which affects the duration of candidature, will be provided with support and the option to suspend their studies.
Any candidate who fails to complete the Research Master’s element at the first or second attempt will be withdrawn from the PhD (Integrated) programme.
All candidates are required to meet the University and programme English Language entry requirements, further details can be found at:
Candidates may be required to take additional instruction in English language.
The decision as to whether an applicant should be admitted to a proposed programme of research shall rest with the relevant Executive Dean or Faculty/School Admissions Tutor. Decisions should be based on the following factors:
a) whether the Faculty/School is satisfied that the applicant is of the required academic standard to complete the programme of research proposed, irrespective of the candidate’s qualification;
b) whether the applicant’s chosen research topic is appropriate for study in the depth required for the degree;
c) whether adequate supervision could be provided by an appropriate member of staff in accordance with the regulations set out under ‘Supervision’;
d) whether there are appropriate resources and facilities in place to support the proposed programme of research;
e) whether it appears reasonable that the proposed programme could be completed in the prescribed minimum period.
f) Whether the candidate meets the required English language competency outlined in 2.3.
Where the candidate meets all requirements to enrol (in accordance with Regulation 3.1) except for the University’s requirements governing matriculation, the candidate may, at the discretion of the Admissions Office, be permitted to provisionally enrol for a specified period of time, conditional upon the candidate agreeing to meet the University’s requirements governing matriculation by the deadline stipulated by the Admissions Office. If the candidate then fails to meet the University’s requirements governing matriculation by the deadline stipulated by the Admissions Office, the provisional enrolment will lapse, the candidate will be deemed ineligible to enrol and Regulation 15.6 below shall apply.
2.5 International Students and Visa Requirements
International students who need a visa to study in the University should be aware that their continued study at the University is dependent upon them meeting the conditions of their visa and the time-limits set by the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For more information please refer to https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/study-visas.
Decisions taken by the University with regard to a candidate’s enrolment status, academic performance, progression and award shall be made in accordance with the University’s academic and financial regulations and shall not be informed by visa restrictions and time-limits set by the Home Office. However, continued study is conditional upon meeting the University’s enrolment requirements and Home Office guidelines of which a valid visa is essential. An international student who qualifies to progress to the next level or year of study cannot continue studying at the University without a valid visa.
Students who have any concerns or queries regarding their visa should contact the University’s International@Campus Life Service. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international-campuslife/immigration/
All candidates are required to comply with the University’s Guide to Research Student Admissions.