Code of Practice

Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes

The following is an extract from the Guidelines for Research Students and is based on the QAA Quality Code for Higher Education: Chapter B11 Research Degrees. The GCU Guidelines for Research students can be downloaded from our Guidelines and Logbook webpage.

The Quality Code is the definitive reference point for all those involved in delivering higher education which leads to an award from or is validated by a UK higher education provider. It makes clear what institutions are required to do, what they can expect of each other, and what the general public can expect of all higher education providers. These expectations express key matters of principle that the higher education community has identified as important for the assurance of quality and academic standards.
This Chapter of the Quality Code is about doctorates and research master's degrees. It is informed by a wider context in which UK research degrees are offered, including an environment of continuous improvement and the desire to learn from others' experiences in research education.

The full chapter is available online here.

GCU Code of Practice

This code should be read in conjunction with the University Regulations governing the degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, and with other codes of good practice affecting postgraduate research students and research student supervisors. Unless otherwise stated this code applies to both part-time and full-time postgraduate research students.

The publication of our Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes is an important step in signalling that GCU takes good research practice very seriously. For example we will: monitor higher degree students' progress to ensure that necessary support is being given and appropriate training received monitor higher degree students’ progress to ensure that appropriate progress is made consult with higher degree students on issues and policies which effect them involve higher degree students in the research life of the relevant centre, school or division, wherever possible.

While studying for a research degree at at Glasgow Caledonian University, higher degree students can expect the following:

high quality standard of supervision: you will have regular contact with your supervisory team who have the necessary relevant research expertise, are engaged in research themselves, have undertaken training in research supervision skills, or who have extensive experience in supervising projects to a successful conclusion comprehensive training: you will be offered a training programme covering the specific skills and knowledge needed for your research project, the generic research skills needed for your discipline and generic skills and competencies associated with your personal and career development appropriate work space, laboratory space and materials (where relevant), IT equipment, office consumables and social facilities research expenses as agreed with your supervisory team and approved by the ADR necessary for carrying out your programme of research (full-time doctoral students) some funding for conference attendance to present your work (for full-time higher degree students) an opportunity to undertake paid teaching and demonstrating duties (for full-time higher degree students) with appropriate training provided.

Higher degrees are available at both the doctoral level (PhD) and Masters level (MPhil). The code also covers Professional Masters and Doctorate students.