Research degree programmes

Policy and guidance

Research degree programme approval and modification

New research degree programmes (including PhD, MPhil, professional doctorates, MA and MSc by research) need to be approved by the department, and subsequently by the relevant Faculty Learning and Teaching Group (FLTG) and the Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee (PPSC) of the York Graduate Research School Board (YGRSB). 

The introduction of variants of existing research degree programmes may require planning approval from the relevant FLTG (please contact your department's Planning Committee contact for advice) and will require PPSC approval.

Planning approval

For planning approval by the relevant FLTG, you should complete the standard Planning Committee New Programme Pro Forma available from the Planning Office.

PPSC approval

For PPSC approval, you should contact your department's AQ contact for advice and complete:

New programme proposals must be reviewed by two External Assessors (for a variant of an existing programme a single external assessor review may be acceptable but please contact your department's AQ contact for advice).  Each External Assessor should complete the External assessor comment form PGR (MS Word , 37kb). Papers for PPSC approval should be sent to at least three weeks in advance of next meeting date for PPSC.

Link to Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee web pages

Who to contact

National guidance: