During year 1, you will write up and present results from each of the three core rotation projects (based on statistical analyses or systematic reviews undertaken):
The supervisor of the relevant rotation, and another academic not directly involved, will assess your work and provide feedback. During the last 10 weeks of the first year you will prepare a detailed written research proposal and will give an oral presentation to two proposed PhD supervisors and one other person in the Department external to the project. The proposal will include:
By the end of the first year, therefore, you will have been assessed on the following core academic skills: writing, literature review, presentation, biostatistics, and research proposal development. Progress and assessment during the 3 years of the PhD project will be based on our successful existing procedures: an interim review of progress at the end of the first 6 months written by the supervisor and agreed by the student, and, at the end of years 2 and 3, by the preparation by the student of a written report of progress and a presentation to the supervisors and at least one member of staff not directly involved with the project. Students in year 4 will be expected to present their work at a Departmental seminar.