Programme Development

This page provides information regarding the development of PGR programmes. In all cases listed below, the Quality and Standards team will ensure the relevant University contact is notified during the processes below, to ensure each stage of set up occurs, once approved, e.g., Admissions, Student Records and Marketing, etc. There are a few routes by which programmes are established or amended:

PhDs, MbyRes, etc. (Non-taught PGR Programmes)

Three forms may be utilised, descriptions of when each form should be used are provided below. 

1. For the establishment of a new title for a non-taught PGR programme, please contact‌ PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk, accompanied by a clear rationale stating why the new title is suitable and demonstrating a compelling reason why the additional title is needed. If the rationale is accepted, you will need to complete a PGR New Programme form.‌ This form is used to provide the necessary details to set up the programme and ensure it can be appropriately advertised, and that students can register for the programme. Appropriate approvals are listed on the form. It is important that marketing materials accord with programmes advertised on the PG Study Site.

2. To offer existing non-taught PGR programme titles on a new variant please complete the PGR Variant form. This may include a variant of a distance-learning/full-time/part-time basis, or the set up of a variant at another campus (e.g. a Cornwall variant), or discipline/department

3. For amendments to existing non-taught PGR programmes, please first contact PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk, providing the title of the programme, and an outline of the changes you wish to make. Once PGR QST has reviewed your request, this type of change will usually use a PGR Variant form and they will help you to fill out the form.

4. To withdraw an existing non-taught PGR programme title complete the ‌PGR Withdrawal form. Programme withdrawals are an OfS reportable event. This form includes sections that:

  • request a rationale for withdrawal;
  • ask what steps have been taken to notify significant others (Partner Institutions, International office, PGR Liaison Forum, etc.) and;
  • ask what arrangements are in place to ensure that all students currently on the programme are provided with an appropriate research environment despite the withdrawal of the programme

5. For the establishment of new non-taught PGR awards, where an award is currently not offered by the University, the Board of Graduate Research will need to approve Regulations for the award before students can be registered on it. To check if an award is offered by the University, see the Regulations. To discuss the establishment of a new award please contact PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk

6. For the establishment of a new type of non-taught PGR programme/s, please see guidance regarding the Masters by Research programme or a by publication programme

7. For Registration of Visiting/ OAS (Other Advanced Studies) Students please ensure the Visiting Students Policy is followed and only existing programme titles are used.

 

Please send your forms to PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk

Professional Doctorates

e.g., EngD, DClinPsy, DClinRes, etc. (Taught PGR Programmes):

For the establishment of a new credit-rated programme or any change to an existing credit-rate programme, you will need to fill out a 

 Further guidance is found below. Queries should be directed to PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk

1. Establishment of a credit-rated programme

2. Amendment of a credit-rated programme This can include changes to the programme title, module names, exit awards, etc.

3. Withdrawal of a credit-rated programme

For the establishment of a new Professional Doctorate, where an award is currently not offered by the University, the Education Board, and Board of Graduate Research will need to approve Regulations for the award before students can be registered on it. To check if an award is offered by the University, see the Regulations. To discuss the establishment of a new award please contact PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk.

Approvals:

Approvals for PGR programmes may differ from those stated on the web pages above. The following substitutions, or in some cases additions, are made:

  • Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education > Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Impact. (The Faculty Director of PGR (DPGR) and Department Directors of PGR (DDPGR) may also be included).
  • Dean for Taught Students > Dean of Graduate Research.
  • Director of Education and Student Experience > DPGR/DDPGR, as appropriate to the level of change. 
  • Education Board > Board of Graduate Research.

All completed forms and queries, including those about the contents of this page, should be directed to PGRqualityandstandards@exeter.ac.uk

 

Last updated August 2022