Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees

Executive Summary

The Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees is the framework through which Keele University delivers its postgraduate research (PGR) degrees. The latest version was approved by Senate in March 2017.

The Code of Practice supplements the formal University regulations through its inclusion of detailed guidance in a range of areas central to postgraduate research administration and the postgraduate research student experience. It is therefore an integral part of quality assurance mechanisms at Keele and helps to ensure that research degree provision is consistent across the institution.

 Who is the Code of Practice intended for?

The Code of Practice relates to all students taking supervised research degree programmes at Keele; this includes:

  • Students on PhD, MD, DM and MPhil programmes
  • Students in the research stages of professional doctorate programmes such as EdD, DBA, DSW and DPharm

In addition to research students, all Faculty Research Offices, Research Institutes and research staff who are associated with Keele’s research degree programmes are required to understand and comply with the Code of Practice.

Accessing the PGR Code of Practice

The latest version of the Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees (approved March 2017), in Word and PDF formats, is accessible from the links provided below.‌

Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees (Word, 92KB)

Code of Practice on Postgraduate Research Degrees (PDF, 296KB)

Approval and Amendment History


Version 5.0, approved by Senate, March 2017.

This version of the Code of Practice replaces the previous version of this Code of Practice which was last approved by Senate in June 2014.


Student and Academic Services

Code of Practice to be Reviewed   

Every 3 years

Date of Next Review

March 2020