Information for Postgraduate Research students
NHLI MPhil/PhD students should aim to upgrade from MPhil to PhD between 9 and 12 months and no later than 15 months after initial registration. MD(Res) students must submit a progress report.
- Completed and signed Divisional Assessment Transfer Form (PhD 6 ) - 1 copy
An up-to-date curriculum vitae - 3 copies
- A fully referenced report of 6,000 to 8,000 words (excluding references and figures, but including an abstract of about 400-words). Word count needs to be put on the first (i.e. Title) page. Reports longer than this will definitely be returned to the student for revision - 3 bound copies
- A list any seminars/lectures that you have attended. This can include up to 5 sessions attended at symposia, Imperial seminars (both NHLI and other Divisions/Departments) and Imperial/NHLI scientific events. It is recommended to attend an average of approximately 20 such seminars/lectures a year. However, these should not include group work in progress lab meetings - 1 copy
- Documentary evidence of attendance at Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine Transferable Skills Workshops - 1 copy
Upon submission, your written report will be sent for assessment following which a Written Assessment Form (PhD 4 ) will be submitted by your assessors. The Postgraduate Administrator will arrange your oral examination. This viva will be assessed via the Oral Assessment Form (PhD 5 ).
Imperial College Regulations require six monthly progress reports from postgraduate research students. These forms (6 Monthly Progress Report May 2010 ) are in two parts and both parts can be submitted independently.
Using the six-monthly progress report form, please give bullet points of your progress and your stated aims. Please also state whether you are satisfied with your progress, and/or state any areas of difficulty.
All forms must be completed and returned in a timely fashion to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Students return their completed forms in confidence whilst supervisor must discuss their comments with the student prior to returning the report. If the supervisor and student cannot agree on Section A, the supervisor can submit the form without the signature of the student.
Students are responsible for submitting their section of the 6-monthly form. If for any reason, a meeting to discuss the first section is not possible, the student must ensure that they submit their part regardless of the first section not being completed.
All returns will be reviewed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies and placed on record. If any significant issues have been highlighted, the matter will be followed-up by the Postgraduate Administrator/Director of Postgraduate Studies and the Postgraduate Tutors. It is in the best interest of both students and supervisors to ensure that these assessments are completed.
New procedures on plagiarism and examination offences have been introduced from October 2009
Students are reminded that all work submitted as part of the requirements for any examination (including coursework) of Imperial College London and the University of London must be expressed in your own words and incorporate your own ideas and judgements.
Policy and Procedures document
Plagiarism awareness information pages
“Learning to Learn” guide to undergraduate study, including information on plagiarism
“Avoiding Plagiarism” video