NTU Doctoral School
At Nottingham Trent University, we provide a supportive environment and a thriving research culture to help our doctoral candidates reach their potential. As a current doctoral candidate, we want to offer all the tools and resources that are needed to thrive in candidate’s chosen field.
Our current doctoral candidates
We understand that life as a doctoral candidate can be demanding on time, so we have a number of measures in place to try and make that journey as smooth as possible.
Research at NTU is governed by regulations which guarantee the highest quality and level of support provided to doctoral candidates. These regulations cover areas such as:
- the application and approval process
- supervision and monitoring research projects
- submission of theses
- complaints and appeals procedures.
- University Regulations for Research Degrees can be found in the NTU Quality Handbook Section 11
- The University Research Degrees Committee Terms of Reference (ToRs) and membership can be located in Section 1 of the NTU Quality Handbook .
- The NTU Research Degrees Complaints and Appeals regulations and procedure can be found in the NTU Quality Handbook Section 17F .
- Code of Practice for Research Degrees at Nottingham Trent University can be found within the Nottingham Trent University’s Research Office governance and integrity pages.
- NTU Postgraduate Research Environment Statement sets out what the doctoral candidate can expect of the postgraduate research environment at Nottingham Trent University.
NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App
NTU Doctoral candidate and supervisory teams can view, manage, and monitor progress with the dedicated NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App.
This online tool allows various tasks and requests to be carried out, including:
- Annual monitoring of the progress of studies;
- PhD project approval applications
- Extension, suspension and withdrawal applications;
- Supervisory Team changes;
- Change of study mode applications
The NTU Doctoral School Online Progression and Monitoring App. provides greater transparency of the doctoral candidate journey, allowing status checks of requests in real time. It also enables increased awareness of key deadlines and easier monitoring of various tasks during doctoral studies at NTU.
An NTU username and password are required to log in to the system.
User guides and frequently asked questions are also available:
Doctoral candidate user guide.
Doctoral candidate FAQs.
Staff user guide.
If any further help is required with the system, or to report a problem, please submit a request to the NTU Doctoral School.
Supervision and support for current doctoral candidates and supervisors
The current course handbooks for Professional Doctorate candidates can be found in the relevant Learning Room in NOW.
Throughout research degree programmes, doctoral candidates are supported by a dedicated supervisory team.
This usually consists of a Director of Studies (the person with the greatest expertise of the project) and a second supervisor. If collaboration is taking place with a company or institution there may also be a third supervisor.
Projects can be inter-disciplinary and draw on knowledge from two or more Academic Schools. Doctoral candidates are encouraged to discuss any issues with the Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) or Professional Doctorate Course Leader and with the Doctoral Candidate Representative.
The NTU Doctoral School Administration Team are the first point of contact during time spent at NTU on a research degree programme and are here to assist doctoral candidates throughout the period of study.
- Doctoral candidate supervision record form
- PGR Notification of Extenuating Circumstances self-certification form
- PGR Notification of Extenuating Circumstances form
As a doctoral candidate at NTU, there is a wealth of our services to access, including:
Current Research Degree Policies and Forms
- Postgraduate Policy for Pregnancy and Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave
- Postgraduate Policy for Sick Leave
- PGR Doctoral candidate Pregnancy Planning Form
- Risk Assessment for Pregnant PGRs
- Procedure for Investigating Alleged Research Misconduct
- Research Ethics Policy
Please note that the NTU Doctoral School interview records form is not included in the list of online forms.
- Guidance on the Joint, Double and Dual Doctoral awards can be located in Supplement 11 of the NTU Quality Handbook.
NTU Doctorate Plus Programme
All PhD candidates at NTU are expected to participate in a rolling programme of professional development activities – our NTU Doctorate Plus Programme (DPP). Some of these activities are face-to-face courses, but others are delivered online so that study can be tailored to the needs of each individual doctoral candidate at a time and place that suits everyone.
The DPP has been created to empower doctoral candidates and create an individualised, bespoke package of activities to support throughout the key stages of each doctoral programme from PhD project approval to preparing for the submission of the thesis and viva examination.
Some activities within the DPP are essential for candidates to engage with due to their research topic and may be expected by the relevant funding body or by NTU supervisors, but other activities may simply be of interest and aid in mapping out future careers. Since interests naturally change as individuals develop as researchers, this programme enables doctoral candidates to be inquisitive about professional development.
The wide range of workshops and activities accessible within the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) have been mapped to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.
Current Research Degree Guidance and Forms for Thesis and the Viva Voce Examination
- Requirements for a research degrees thesis.
- Candidate declaration form (RD7DEC).
- Examination arrangements (RD6E).
Viva Voce Examination: