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  Progress Reviews

In addition to regular supervisory meetings, all research students at Edinburgh Napier University will go through a series of formal reviews as part of their course of study.
A brief overview of these reviews is set out on this page.  More detailed information is available in the Research Degrees Framework.

Determination of thesis topic and programme of study (RD4)

Purpose: ​To agree the student’s research proposal, programme of study and provisional title
Timing: ​Completed and approved within the first 6 months of registration (full-time students)​
Completed and approved within the first 9 months of registration (part-time students)
Exceptions: Students registered for PhD by Published Works (no RD4 review required).
Form: ​RD4: determination of thesis topic​
 

Confirmation of target degree (RD5)

Purpose: ​To formally confirm the target degree for which the student will be registered
Timing: ​Completed and approved within the first 12 months of registration (full-time students)
​Completed and approved within the first 18 months of registration (part-time students)
Exceptions: ​Students registered for PhD by Published Works ( no RD5 review required)
Form: RD5: confirmation of target degree

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Biannual progress review (RD6)

All research students should have a formal progress review every six months until the thesis has been submitted for examination.  Reviews should normally take place in March and October each year.
 
Purpose: ​To formally review the student’s progress and confirm the target degree for which the student is registered​.
Timing: ​Normally every six months (March and October) until submission of the thesis for examination
Exceptions: ​None
Form: RD6: progress review
 
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