Years two to four are when the thesis research happens. Students have found the topic that they are passionate about, and will spend three years carrying out research, furthering their training and creating external links and networks. The final year focuses on thesis writing, but students are also supported in thinking about next steps and career planning.
Supervision in years two to four
Quality supervision is crucial to the postgraduate experience. We are committed to ensuring excellent standards, incorporating best University practice. Training needs analyses will be revised and agreed with supervisors and a Programme Director each year. As students develop, supervisors will identify further training opportunities, assess progress, discuss career aspirations and identify ways to maximise potential.
Student progress will be carefully monitored with:
- monthly student-led supervision meetings, with student-drafted agendas, meeting notes and next objectives
- six-monthly thesis planning meetings
- examination on a 10,000-word confirmation report by viva
From year two, students and supervisors will plan academic research visits, external courses, conference attendances, and possible internships with research-relevant external organisations. Relevant national conferences include, for example, the Lancet public health conference, the Health Economics Study Group (HESG), and the UKPRP meetings. International meeting attendance relevant to PhD topic will be agreed with supervisors.
During year three, students are encouraged to organise their own internship (up to 3 months) at a stakeholder/research organisation (e.g. the NHS, NICE, Local Authorities, Public Health England, government departments, WHO, industry, and centres of recognised scientific excellence). Students will work collaboratively with these academics and decision-makers, enabling further research translation and impact.
Year four students will concentrate on thesis writing and submission, viva, academic publications and planning the next steps in their careers. Supervision support is particularly intense during this period. A special feature of this programme is that students have the option of applying for transition funding to support them in moving to the next stage of their careers. Current students have used this to create post-doctoral research positions, undertake additional training, work with charities or develop their research agenda.