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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

PhD with Integrated Research Studies (School of Science Taught Component)

Academic Year: 2018/19

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) n/a
Owning school/department Department of Chemistry
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award PhD/PGDip/PGCert (PGDip/PGCert - exit awards only)
Programme title PhD with Integrated Research Studies
Programme code To be advised
Length of programme Four years (full time) up to seven years (part time).
The duration of the taught component is up to two years from registration.
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria

An Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 14 May 2018 10:21:06 BST

1. Programme Aims


2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The National Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
  • Loughborough University's Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • The particular specialisms of the School of Science staff.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:


b. Subject-specific practical skills:


c. Key transferable skills:


4. Programme structure

4.1       The taught modules taken within the School will depend on the Department in which the student is registered but will total 120 credits.

Compulsory Modules








Research Methods



Computer Science


Research Methods





Research Methods





Research Methods in Physics




4.2         The remaining optional taught modules to bring the credit total to 120 will be as specified in Regulation XXVI.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXVI.

Candidates who have completed part or all of the taught component but who subsequently do not complete the requirements for the award of PhD with Integrated Research Studies may be eligible for the award of PGDip or PGCert in Integrated Research Studies.

Students who fail the assessment of any module at their first attempt are allowed the opportunity for reassessment.  This may take place at the Special Assessment Period (if available) or when the module is offered in the following year.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification


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