Normally, the upgrade will be held during year 2 of study (or equivalent for part time students). In exceptional cases, the upgrade can replace the year 1 to year 2 progress meeting (above). In such instances, the upgrade can be held in month 12 or 13 of study.
At least 2 weeks prior to the upgrade, students must submit 1. the upgrade from MPhil to PhD form (available here); 2. A substantial piece of written work between 10,000 to 15,000 words; 3. An outline of the overall thesis; 4. A brief introduction to the thesis and how the submitted material fits in to the overall thesis; and 5. A timetable for completion of the full thesis.
If a student submits more than 15,000 words for no.2 above, the panel will only read up to 15,000 words at their own discretion.
The panel will consist of 1. An external assessor with knowledge of the subject matter; 2. An ICWS nominee (usually a member of staff or an Associate Fellow), who will also Chair the panel; and 3. One of the supervisors.
While the material submitted for the year 1 to year 2 progress will likely be descriptive and/or background material, the written material submitted for the upgrade must demonstrate evidence of critical analysis of PhD standard. Our advice to students is to submit material that sufficiently demonstrates analytical skills (ie. a descriptive, introductory chapter is not the best piece to submit and will likely result in referral for a second upgrade). It is for the student to decide which sample that they will submit, in discussion with their supervisor.
If the upgrade is not completed during year 2 of study (or equivalent for part-time students), the Director of PGR will advise RDC that de-registration should be considered. In such circumstances, the student must demonstrate to RDC why continued registration is appropriate.