Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study is governed by Resolution 665, which at the time of publication was in draft form, with provision that:
1. The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with Integrated Study may be awarded by the Senate of the University of Glasgow in each of the Colleges thereof;
2. The Senate shall have power to make such regulations governing the award of the Degree as may be approved by the University Court;
3. The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study shall in no case be conferred on persons who have not satisfied the conditions set out below, and shall not be conferred as an Honorary Degree;
The following regulations are supplemented by PhD Guidance Notes for students, which additionally apply to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study unless specifically excluded by regulation, and which are available within the current on-line Calendar which can be found at https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/policies/calendar/.
1. A research student who has pursued in the University of Glasgow, or in an institution recognised and approved for the purpose, a programme of study comprising taught courses and research, may offer themself for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study under the following conditions:
a) that they have obtained a degree in any Scottish university, or in another university or college specially recognised for the purpose of this Section by the University Court on the recommendation of the Senate (provided always that a diploma or certificate recognised in like manner as equivalent to a degree may be accepted in place of a degree). The normal standard of admission for a research student will be that of a Degree with First or Upper Second Class Honours in a relevant discipline of a Scottish University, or an approved equivalent qualification;
b) that they have produced to the Senate evidence of satisfactory progress in the taught courses and research undertaken by them;
c) that they will have been registered for such study on a full-time basis for a period of not less than four academic years;
d) that each candidate will be supported by a supervision team which will normally include the primary academic supervisor, a second academic supervisor, and other academic staff as required to offer expertise in guiding and supporting the candidate’s research;
e) that they have pursued such formal research training as set down by the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent and as any other training or attendance requirements as specified by the College;
2. Each candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study shall:
a) complete a programme of study prescribed at the commencement of the period of study by the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent, which shall include a minimum of 120 credits of taught courses, and may also include a project leading to the submission of a 60 credit dissertation.
b) present for the approval of the Senate a thesis which shall embody the results of the research, and which shall be accompanied by a declaration signed by the candidate that the thesis has been composed by them. In the College of Arts and the College of Social Sciences the thesis shall be a minimum of 70,000 and a maximum of 100,000 words including references, bibliography and appendices in each case. In the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences and the College of Science & Engineering the thesis shall be a maximum of 80,000 words excluding references, bibliography and appendices in each case. A candidate who wishes to submit a thesis of greater or lesser length or submit documentary appendices must seek prior permission of the appropriate College Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent.
3. Assessment of Taught Courses
3.1 For each academic session, assessment and reassessment are, in so far as not modified by these regulations, governed by the Code of Assessment which is contained in the ‘University Fees and General Information for Students’ section of the University Calendar published for that session.
3.2 Where a candidate whose programme of study includes a 60 credit dissertation requires a higher grade in the dissertation to satisfy the requirements set out in §4.3, or §6.1 reassessment of that dissertation will be permitted on one occasion only, under such conditions as the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent may prescribe in each particular case. There is no automatic entitlement to repeat any previous practical work associated with the dissertation or to undertake further practical work.
4.1 Prior to being permitted to progress to a subsequent year of study a candidate shall be subject to the College requirements for progress in relation to both the programme of prescribed study and the research.
4.2 The minimum achievement required in relation to the prescribed programme of study for progress to a subsequent year will be determined by the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent and communicated to the candidate at the start of each year.
4.3 In addition to requirements determined under §4.1 and §4.2:
a) For subjects listed under Schedule A of these regulations, in order to progress to the fourth year of study a candidate must have achieved a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses referred to in §2(a), with at least 75% of these credits at grade D3 or better, and all credits at grade F or above, and, where a candidate’s programme of study includes a 60 credit dissertation, the candidate must have achieved a grade D3 or better in the dissertation. The Programme Document may specify a course or courses in respect of which a specific grade is a minimum requirement of progression.
b) For subjects listed under Schedule B of these regulations, in order to progress to the second year of study a candidate must have obtained a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to B3) in 120 credits at the first attempt, with all credits at grade D3 or better. The Programme Document may specify a course or courses in respect of which a specific grade is a minimum requirement of progression. A candidate who does not meet the progress requirements will be eligible to transfer to a programme of study leading to the award of a Taught Masters degree on such terms as the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent may determine.
4.4 A candidate whose progress in relation to the research is deemed by the College to be unsatisfactory may be excluded from further study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study. The candidate may apply for their registration to be transferred to a programme of study leading to the award of a Taught Masters degree on such terms as the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent may determine.
4.5 A candidate who fails to comply with the requirements of §4.2 and §4.3 may be excluded from further study towards the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study. The candidate may apply to have their registration transferred to the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy on such terms as the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent may determine.
5.1 In the College of Science & Engineering, a thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study shall normally be presented for examination within four years from the date when a candidate first registered for full-time study. In the College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, a thesis for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study shall normally be presented for examination within five years from the date when a candidate first registered for full-time study. Where the College has approved suspension of study for a period of time, the maximum period of study permitted shall be equivalent to the duration for full-time study plus the approved period of suspension adjusted proportionately.
5.2 Where the candidate has fulfilled the minimum period of study required by the regulations and has not submitted the thesis for examination, they shall be registered with a ‘thesis pending’ status. If further research project work is required, the College may require the candidate to register as a full-time or part-time student. Failure to meet College requirements for progress without good cause, may result in exclusion from further study.
5.3 The thesis shall be examined by one or more examiners appointed by the Senate from among the experienced academic staff of the University, and by one or more External Examiners appointed by the University Court on the recommendation of the Senate. No person who has been involved in the direct supervision of the research student may be appointed as an examiner. The internal examiner shall not undertake any duties which have been allocated to the Convener (see §5.5 and the Guidance Notes for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Research) and shall act as an examiner in the normal way.
5.4 A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study must present themself for oral or other examination by the Committee of Examiners on the subject matter of the thesis. This requirement for an oral examination shall be observed at the first submission of the thesis.
5.5 A Convener shall be appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies to convene the oral examination and to report on the agreed recommendations of the Committee of Examiners to the appropriate College Committee.
The Convener will be responsible for the following:
a) making the arrangements for an oral examination and ensuring that this is normally held no later than three months after the submission of the thesis;
b) attending the whole examination and ensuring that it is conducted in a fair manner and is of a reasonable duration;
c) arranging for the report stating the recommendation of the Committee of Examiners to be signed at the conclusion of the examination;
d) after the oral, co-ordinating the completion of a joint report detailing the requirements for revision or resubmission and providing this to the candidate;
5.6 The supervisor shall not normally be present at the oral examination but shall be available to the Committee of Examiners for consultation. If the candidate makes a request in writing to the Convener for the supervisor to be present at the oral examination, this should normally be permitted. The request should be made no later than one week before the date of the oral.
5.7 Where a candidate has been permitted to resubmit a thesis, an oral shall also be held other than in exceptional circumstances, where the Convener, on the recommendation of the Committee of Examiners, may seek the agreement of the Dean of Graduate Studies to set aside the requirement for an oral examination after resubmission. In such circumstances the agreement of the candidate must be obtained, otherwise the candidate shall have the right to insist on an oral being held.
5.8 Where a candidate has been permitted to resubmit the thesis, it shall normally be on one occasion only. The resubmitted thesis shall be examined by the Committee of Examiners appointed for the first submission or by the Committee of Examiners appointed for the second submission. If the Committee of Examiners considers that the thesis has not achieved the standard required for the Degree but is of sufficient merit to be worthy of an award, it may recommend that the candidate revise the thesis and submit it for consideration for a Masters by Research degree.
6. Requirements for Early Exit Awards of Masters Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate
The following provisions will apply where a candidate does not satisfy the requirements for award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy with Integrated Study
6.1 A candidate who has achieved a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses referred to in §2(a), with at least 75% of these credits at grade D3 or better, and all credits at grade F or above and who has completed a 60 credit dissertation at grade D or better will be eligible for the award of a Taught Masters degree in a designation approved by the Higher Degrees Committee or equivalent.
6.2 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the Taught Masters degree with Merit on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to B3) or above in the 180 or more credits completed on the programme, and
b) a grade point average of at least 14 (equivalent to C1) in the taught courses, and
c) a grade of at least C1 in the dissertation.
6.3 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out at §6.2 (b) and (c), and their grade point average for the 180 or more credits completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 14.1 to 14.9 the Board of Examiners shall have discretion to make the award with Merit.
6.4 A candidate will be eligible for the award of the Taught Masters degree with Distinction on achieving at the first attempt:
a) a grade point average of 18 (equivalent to A5) or above in the 180 or more credits completed on the programme, and
b) a grade point average of at least 17 (equivalent to B1) in the taught courses, and
c) a grade of at least B1 in the dissertation.
6.5 Where a candidate has satisfied the requirements set out at §6.4 (b) and (c), and their grade point average for the 180 or more credits completed on the programme at the first attempt falls within the range 17.1 to 17.9 the Board of Examiners shall have discretion to make the award with Distinction.
6.6 A candidate who has achieved a grade point average of 9 (equivalent to D3) in 120 credits, with not less than 80 of these credits at grade D3 or above will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma.
6.7 A candidate who has achieved a grade point average of 9 (equivalent to D3) in 60 credits, with not less than 40 of these credits at grade D3 or above will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.
6.8 The awards of Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate may be granted with Merit or Distinction where a candidate has achieved at the first attempt a grade point average of 15 (equivalent to grade B3) or above, or a grade point average of 18 (equivalent to A5) or above, respectively. The Board of Examiners shall have the discretion to make the award with Merit or Distinction where the grade point average falls within the range 14.1 to 14.9, or 17.1 to 17.9, respectively.
7. Particular conditions relating to study or research in the Colleges are set out below. A candidate must also comply with detailed requirements for research degrees published by the relevant Graduate School.
Science & Engineering
To qualify for the award of a PhD with Integrated Study, a candidate must have demonstrated to a Committee of Examiners by the presentation of a thesis and by performance in an oral examination that they are capable of:
a) pursuing original research in their specific field of study, and
b) relating their results to the general body of knowledge in the field, and
c) presenting their results in a critical and scholarly manner.
8. Research in External Institutions
As permitted in §1, College Graduate Schools may allow the candidate’s study or research to be conducted in an institution external to the University of Glasgow. The period of study of research elsewhere shall not normally exceed 12 months except where that study or research is undertaken in an institution or location approved by the appropriate College Committee. The choice of an external institution will be determined ad hoc and only where there exists clear alignment of the candidate’s proposed study or research with the aims and objectives of the institution proposed, and where the institution can demonstrate ability to provide an appropriate level of supervision of the candidate. A full-time member of staff of a recognised Institution may be nominated by the College Graduate School on behalf of Senate either as a supervisor or as an internal examiner although such an individual may not be nominated as an examiner if they have has previously supervised the candidate's work. In cases where an employee of the institution acts as supervisor or internal examiner, a member of staff from an appropriate subject area in the University will also be appointed.
The institutions recognised for the purpose of this regulation are as listed in §6 of the Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
9. Submission of Thesis
In submitting a thesis a candidate must state, generally in the preface and specifically in the notes, the sources from which their information is derived, the extent to which they have availed themself of the work of others, and the portions of the thesis which they claim as original. The thesis must be in English.
A candidate must submit three copies of the thesis. The summary must be an adequate and informative abstract of the work, suitable for publication by the University. The submitted copies of the thesis may be soft-bound but otherwise should generally conform to the British Standard Institution’s Recommendations for the presentation of theses (BS4821:1990) which is available for consultation in the University Library or from the College Graduate School.
In signing a submission form, the supervisor is confirming that the work was undertaken by the candidate. The wording of the form makes it clear that the supervisor's signature does not endorse that the work has been completed nor does it indicate that the thesis has achieved the required standard for the award of the degree. A candidate may submit a thesis against the advice of the supervisor but in such cases the supervisor may state the position in a report submitted to the Convener of the Committee of Examiners.
If approved for the degree, one hard-bound copy of the thesis and one electronic copy shall be deposited with the University Library. The bound copy should normally be produced to the standard defined in BS4821:1990, and the electronic copy must conform to University Library specifications published at https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/research/enlighten/theses/formattingyourthesis/. It is the University's normal practice to make the bound copy available for consultation in the Library, and to permit computer download of the electronic copy through its repository service, Enlighten. Such access may, however, be restricted under provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.
Subjects of Integrated Study in which the Degree may be offered are:
College of Science & Engineering
Intelligent Sensing & Measurement
 The grade point average is determined with reference to the schedule of grades and grade points contained in Schedule A and Schedule B of the University’s Code of Assessment. The grade point average is calculated by taking the product of each course’s weight and the candidate’s grade points and dividing the sum of these products by the sum of the courses’ weights. The weights shall correspond to the courses’ credit ratings unless specified otherwise in the relevant programme documentation. The grade point average is expressed to one decimal place (§16.34(a) of the Code of Assessment). In determining whether a candidate has satisfied requirements in relation to progress and award, no further rounding is permitted. For example, a grade point average of 11.9 would not satisfy a requirement for a grade point average of 12.
 The appropriate College Committee may permit the period of study to be suspended for a defined period when a candidate is ill or has other personal circumstances which prevent the candidate from continuing the research or taught elements. Suspension can be agreed by the appropriate College Committee for other reasons. The arrangements for suspension of study shall be in accordance with those of the Research Councils.