Full-time students are normally registered for a minimum of 3 years. Part-time students are required to register for a minimum of 5 years.
All students initially register for the MPhil degree before being upgraded (typically early in the 2nd year) to the PhD degree. For a successful upgrade to PhD, students must prepare a written report, give an oral presentation and pass an oral examination.
Students are also regularly monitored to ensure that they are making good progress, and that supervisory arrangements are still satisfactory to both the student and supervisor. Once the student has completed their research and submitted their thesis, they have a viva (an oral exam), with two examiners.