Loughborough Doctoral College

Essential information

Progress reviews

You will receive regular progress monitoring as part of the supervisory process. The expectation is that you will meet with your supervisor at the very least on a monthly basis throughout the duration of your studies.
The Code of Practice provides guidance on reviews and your School administrator will be able to provide you with detail on how this is managed within your School.

Key review points are:

6 month review

Full and part time students shall have an initial progress review after 6 months registration. The purpose of the review is to ensure engagement with the programme and that a research plan is in place and underway.
The review will be based on a written report from the student of at least 2000 words outlining progress with the literature review, the thesis plan and the definition of the research question(s).

Year one review

Before a full-time student will be permitted to re-register for their second year of research, he/she will be required to submit evidence of their research progress to date and be assessed. This evidence will normally be a report of the order of 10,000 words or their equivalent on the research carried out, but it may also include research publications. The report should contain a plan and timetable for completion and separate details of any research or transferable skills training.

Before the end of their first 12 months of study, all part-time students will be required to submit a report of 5,000 words on the research to date and will be subject to a progress review before progressing to year 2. By 24 months registration they should submit evidence of their research progress to date which will normally be a report of the order of 10,000 words but may also include research publications.

Year two review

In order to re-register for Year 3, full-time students should produce a further written report of at least 10,000 words, which may include journal publications or chapters of the thesis together with any appropriate supporting output within an appropriate timescale to enable re-registration before the end of year 2.

Following the submission of the 10,000 report to confirm probation at 24 months registration, part-time students should produce reports of at least 5000 words annually for the remaining years of the registration. The report at the end of year 5 may be a draft of the thesis and should include a clear plan for timely submission of the thesis.

Year three review

A further written report should be produced before the end of year 3 which may be a draft of their thesis. Part-time students should produce reports annually for the remaining years of the registration.
All students will receive a written report from their Supervisor(s) concerning their progress each year after their progress review.