Regulatory aspects of your studies
|Regulations for research degrees|
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)|
|PhD by Published Works|
|Master of Philosophy (MPhil)|
|Doctor of Medicine (MD)|
|Doctor of Letters (DLitt) and Doctor of Science (DSc)|
PhD with Practice
The PhD at Ulster University can take the form of either a standard thesis-based PhD or it can incorporate an element of practice. The University has developed additional guidance on practice based PhDs at this University which must be read in conjunction with the general regulations for PhD and the Guidelines for PhD submissions involving practice.
PhD by Papers
The presentation of thesis by papers format is encouraged within some research groups of the Faculty of Life & Health Science since the resulting chapters may be suitable for publication as papers in international journals, with little modification.
Framework for Distance Research Study
Our PhD programme may also be undertaken by 'distance', whereby non-UK students may wish to remain in their home country and guidelines for this approach have been developed to support candidates.
Other regulatory matters governing your research studies
You should also be aware of a number of regulatory matters which may affect your research studies. These are noted below:
Disclosure of personal circumstances affecting progress
Health and Safety
Research Governance and Ethics
Research governance is about the regulation, monitoring and quality assurance of research. The remit of the University’s Research Governance section is to keep local, national and other policy under 12 Ulster University Research Studies 2017-18 review and to disseminate relevant information to the disciplines and researchers that are affected. Research governance is also a mechanism for managing certain parts of the research process, including permissions and authorizations, and for our purposes it primarily relates to research involving human beings as participants in – and especially subjects of – research, particularly in the sciences and social sciences. However, all research in all disciplines should be conducted with similar principles in mind.
Research ethics is about ensuring that research, especially research involving human participants or subjects, is conducted appropriately. There are a number of issues that researchers need to address in their research design and which must be considered and approved by a research ethics committee.
Research Integrity: all researchers are required to undertake and pass the University’s online short course. Research Integrity which is available through Blackboard. The course takes approximately one hour to complete and provides grounding in the essentials of good research conduct, and guidance on how to avoid bad practice.
More information on Research Governance and Ethics and Professional Integrity can be found in the University’s Code of Practice for Professional Integrity in the Conduct of Research.
Access NI Procedures
You should note that it is a requirement that all assessment material, including your final thesis, be presented in electronic format in order to facilitate the use by examiners of software designed to detect plagiarism. For this purpose, you should use industry standard software in the production of theses.
The University's Plagiarism policy, procedures and guidance for research degrees provides further guidance on all aspects of plagiarism and how instances will be dealt with.
Intellectual Property Rights
As a researcher, you will have signed up to the University’s IP Policy, assigning rights to the University for the duration of your studies. The IP Code of Practice provides more information on matters relating to IP, copyright, patents etc and procedures in relation to re-assigning of IP upon completion.
Data Protection As a researcher, you may be required to hold and process, both electronically and manually, personal data and you must do so in line with the University’s Data Protection Policy.
Appeals and Complaints
If your studies have been discontinued by the University, or you do not succeed in attaining the award for which you registered (either at Confirmation or oral examination stage), you may choose to appeal. This is known as A Request for a Review of the Decision of the Examiners and must be received by the Doctoral College within one month of the notification of the recommendation.
Information about the University’s complaints procedures are available online.