What you will study
A research degree gives you the opportunity to determine your own field of study. Your supervisor(s) will help formulate your research topic and ensure you are on schedule to complete your research on time. Research projects are, almost by definition, unique. It is not easy to describe a typical project. However, certain common features apply to all.
In order to confirm progress on your PhD, a recommendation must be made by a Progression Panel proposed by your supervisor. If you opt nevertheless to submit for an MPhil then your remaining work should be accomplished in the following year.
The second year of your PhD programme may well be taken up with actual data collection. Towards the end of the year, it should be possible to attempt an initial analysis of your results.
In the third year you may conduct detailed collation and analysis of your results, and organise them into a logical and persuasive thesis.
During your fourth year, your supervisor may confirm that you are ready to submit your thesis for examination. Following submission, your thesis will be read by two examiners and you will be required to attend an oral examination, at which you will be expected to answer questions on your thesis.