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Information for PhD Students


PPLS Research Student Handbook (PDF)

Progress and Annual Reports

PhD progress is monitored annually by your supervisory team (see the Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students for details). This is an opportunity for you and your supervisors to look back on the past year of work, address any concerns that might arise and plan for the next year of your studies. While you will be having these discussions during your supervision meetings throughout your studies, this report is a summary of your progress each year and is the official report added to your student record.

In preparation for this, you will be asked to complete a self assessment form sent to you through the student system. Your supervisors may ask you to prepare particular pieces of academic work in preparation for your meeting and these can be attached to your form.

The review will take place 9-12 months after your registration anniversary date and the system will send you the form form completion at around month 8 so that you can start working on it.  This means that if you started your programme in September you will receive your form in April and you would expect to have your review meeting in May-August.  The exact scheduling will depend on the availability of you and your supervisors.

It is recommended that a meeting between you and your supervisory teams is scheduled to go over your report every year. An additional member of academic staff not connected with your project will also be part of these meetings to provide a fresh perspective.


To do list:

The review form:

The progress review form is built into the student record system.

You can find guidance on how to complete the form on the Student Systems website.

Postgraduate research annual review form guidance

What happens next?


Thesis Submission

Your thesis is submitted for examination to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Postgraduate Office (PGO) based in 57 George Square. What you need to do:

YOU MUST COMPLETE THREE FORMS (these can be found on the Academic Services website under the Forms for Students section.

  1. Notice of Intention Submit
    This form is sometime referred to as the NIT.  You will need your supervisor's signature on this.
  2. Abstract of Thesis
    - Your abstract must be written directly onto this form and should fit onto one side of A4.
    - You can adjust the font of the writing to make the most of the space available but make sure that it is no less than 10 points and legible!
  3. Access to Thesis and Publication of Abstract
    - You will need to sign this

Viva Preparation

Slides from the PhD Viva Preparation Workshop are now available: Viva Preparation Slides [PDF]

Tuition Fee Payment

Please be aware that failure to pay your tuition fees in a timely manner is dealt with very seriously by the Finance department. If you are having difficulties please make sure that you get in contact with the Finance department in order to work out a solution. Information on the steps taken to recover fees from students who fail to do so is available online:

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