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Research degree pre-enrolment information

Welcome to our pre-enrolment webpage for postgraduate researchers intending to enrol at Kingston University. We look forward to you joining our research community. The information and links below should help you to understand what is involved in a research degree at Kingston University.

Discussions at the national Postgraduate Researcher Symposium concluded that enabling postgraduate researchers to prepare in advance of enrolling contributed to a smooth and successful start to their research programme; feedback from our own recently enrolled researchers confirms that this. 

Items marked * refer to resources that will be used at the induction session and we recommend you familiarise yourself with beforehand. 

Postgraduate Researcher Handbook*

The Postgraduate Researcher Handbook (PDF) covers all the basics and explains progression points and key milestones for each research degree. You will be given a hard copy when you enrol.

Code of practice*

Kingston University has a code of practice for research degrees. This document is central to research degree provision at Kingston and is included in section five of the Postgraduate Researcher Handbook (PDF). The code sets out the responsibilities you commit to by registering for a research degree at Kingston, and the responsibilities the University and your director of studies (principal supervisor) have towards you.

Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

The RDF is a comprehensive new approach to enhancing the careers of researchers. It was developed by and for researchers, in consultation with academic and non-academic employers.

The framework was developed by Vitae, the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of researchers, and is endorsed by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Quality Assurance Agency (in Quality Code Chapter B11: Research degrees) as being central to the academic standards and skills development a postgraduate researcher can expect from the UK doctorate.

RDF briefing for postgraduate researchers*
Before beginning your research degree, we ask that you read the introduction to the Researcher Development Framework (PDF) which sets out why professional development is so important.

After enrolment

Once you have enrolled and attended the induction programme you will be able to access My Kingston (the student intranet) where you will find more information and resources, including details of the Researcher Development Programme. All handouts and resources used in the induction session will also be available on StudySpace.

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