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Progression (RD2 form)


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A guide for progression or transfer to PhD. An introduction to the requirements of the RD2 progression form and the transfer report and what to expect in the transfer viva.

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Progression (RD2 form)

  1. 1. Progression Review • After 12 months f/t, 24 months p/t • MA by Research transfer to PhD after 6 months f/t or 12 months p/t
  2. 2. The review consists of several parts: • The cover sheet. • Details of changes to supervisory team • Supporting Programme • summary of workshops, seminars and conferences both internal and external to the Faculty and University that you have attended • changes to ethical status
  3. 3. The report. 5-6k words in length The scrutineers will consider: • Research Question • the structure and presentation of your report; • A critical appraisal of the research context: commonly a critical review of practices, scholarly literature, theories, and/or histories (as appropriate to your field of enquiry). • the appropriateness of the aims and objectives and how they may have changed since registration (RD1) • a detailed rationale of any substantial changes • the appropriateness of the research methods • the results and discussion of progress to date; • the conclusions and indication of the way forward, • the expected significant contribution to knowledge (if PhD) and a description of the widening scale of the work that is to take the project to PhD level
  4. 4. Abstract • Up to one side of A4 • Main conclusions • Description of the project • Results so far • Projected contribution to the field
  5. 5. Appendix • An Appendix normally accompanies the Progression Review Report. • a selection of written or practical work providing evidence of work at the appropriate academic standard. • could include a literature review or other chapter, a relevant conference paper or published article, documentation of an exhibition or art and design practice. • Texts no more than 8k, or 4k supporting text when combined with practice
  6. 6. The Report will be read by two independent scrutineers who will feed back to you their initial assessments. • they will scrutinise and assess the abstract and report • comment on the portfolio. They will focus on • Aims and objectives • Methods • Literature review/context • Research plan • Contribution to the field To help you prepare for the mini-viva you will get the reports in advance
  7. 7. Review viva • 1 to 1.5 hours, depending if you are giving a presentation • Presentations normally reserved for submissions which involve an element of practice There are a number of possible outcomes Progression recommended • Progression approved • Minor revisions (2 weeks f/t, 4 weeks p/t) Progression not recommended • Major revisions with or without another viva (4 or 8 weeks) • Do not pass go return to start of the review process You will receive a detailed report detailing any amendments after the viva.