The full supervisory team shall hold regular meetings throughout the candidature period, either face-to-face or by electronic means, to discuss the candidate’s progress.
At Swansea University:
The Faculty/School is required to confirm the candidature of each candidate within three months of the initial enrolment of the candidate as set out in the University’s Guide to Progress Monitoring of Research Students.
A candidate’s progress in minimum candidature shall be monitored on a regular basis by the Progression and Awards Board in order to decide whether or not the candidate be permitted to progress. Progress will be monitored at specific stages as detailed in the Swansea University Guide to Progress Monitoring of Research Students.
If a candidate’s progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the candidate may be required to transfer on to another programme, or required to withdraw from the programme.
Assessment of Degree
All candidates for the joint doctoral degree shall be examined in two parts:
- The first part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project.
- The second part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce).
The examination process will be held at one of the partner institutions, but the process shall be recognised by all partner institutions.
Language of Thesis and Oral Examination
The thesis is normally written in a national language of one of the partner institutions. The oral examination is normally conducted in a national language of one of the partner institutions.
At Swansea University:
Any candidate who is following a programme of research at the University may choose to submit a thesis or other work in either English or Welsh.
In cases where it may be considered appropriate for a thesis to be submitted in a language other than English/Welsh for academic reasons or where submission of the thesis in another language is a requirement of the specific programme, permission may be given by the Academic Regulations and Cases Board where a reasoned case has been submitted for approval. The Academic Regulations and Cases Board shall not however give approval to requests based upon the candidate’s lack of ability to produce work for submission in either English or Welsh.