Research degrees with co-supervision at another institution

Postgraduate research degrees with co-supervision at another institution fall into two categories:

  1. on an individual study by student basis – approved by the Head of Department and overseen by the Research Team
  2. through the development of an academic partnership for an agreed number of students to be enrolled each year – managed through the Partnerships team

Individual students

The majority of arrangements are made on a student by student basis and the requirements are outlined in the higher degree regulations under the section relating to the conduct of research outside the UK. For new or existing students undertaking an MPhil or PhD at Essex a request to spend a period of time outside the UK should be made to the student’s Head of Department for approval. A co-supervisor will be set-up at the visiting institution and visits by University staff will be made.

Students from an international institution may apply to spend a period of time at the University of Essex as a visiting research student. Students should contact the department that they would like to join in the first instance, where their field of research and the supervision arrangements will be considered. There are specific fees for visiting research students, which cover supervision and access to IT and the library facilities at the University.

Multiple numbers of students

Where an arrangement is proposed with an international institution for multiple numbers of research students either from the University of Essex to study at the international institution each year or for research students from the international institution to enrol with the University of Essex (or a combination of both), the process for forming a new partnership will be followed. This is managed by the Partnerships team. Once approved the ongoing monitoring and review of the partnership and provision will be conducted in line with arrangements for the oversight of partnership activity.

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