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The OCMS research degrees programme consists of the pre-University ‘OCMS Stage’ and the University Stage.
The OCMS Stage
The OCMS Stage extends from admission into OCMS to registration with Middlesex University, London on a research degree. This Stage normally lasts twelve to eighteen months for part-time students, and six to twelve months for full-time students. It is a period of induction into mission studies research and into the community of OCMS. Its function is both diagnostic and preparatory to help students for university registration.
The OCMS Stage is intended, in particular, to equip students with the knowledge and training to enable them to:
¨ Formulate a suitable research problem.
¨ Propose suitable method(s) of research.
¨ Identify the necessary sources (primary and secondary) for research in line with the proposed research method(s).
¨ Work towards competency in the research method(s) and transferable research skills .
¨ Apply successfully for university registration on a research degree.
The University Stage
After registering with Middlesex University, the student enters the university stage. There are some constraints on how much time students can spend in the university stage. For part-time students, the minimum and maximum times for completion of the PhD degree are 45 months and 7 years respectively. For full-time students, the minimum and maximum times for completion of the PhD degree are 33 months and 5 years respectively. These times are calculated with respect to the time of a student’s university registration.
A registered student in the university stage goes through the following process before completing a PhD degree:
¨ Progress review after two years in the university stage for part-time students (one year for full-time students). If the progress is not satisfactory, the student will pursue a MPhil degree instead, otherwise, the student will progress towards completing the PhD degree.
¨ A Dean’s Review: a second review of progress held by the Academic Dean.
¨ Completion of first full draft of the thesis.
¨ A Pre-Submission Sub-Committee. (a formal pre-viva)
¨ Final writing up.
¨ Submission of thesis for examination (max. length of thesis is 80,000 words).
¨ Oral examination by Examining Board. (‘viva voce’ exam)
¨ Corrections, or modifications and re-submission of thesis, as required by the Examining Board.
¨ Award of a PhD degree by the University when the Examining Board is satisfied.
In exceptional cases, a student may choose to pursue a MPhil degree at the point of university registration.
*Please contact OCMS on further information on Middlesex University.
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