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Research degree programmes

Policy and guidance

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 considered for planning approval (if required, see below) and then for academic approval (always required) by the Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee (PPSC) of the York Graduate Research School Board (YGRSB). 

Planning approval

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

Please note that planning approval is no longer required for distance learning variants of existing PGR programmes as long as there are no additional resource requirements associated with the variants.  Planning approval may be required for other variants of existing PGR programmes: contact your department's Planning Office contact for advice. 

PPSC approval

For PPSC approval, you should contact your department's Academic Quality (AQ) contact for advice and submit:

It is expected that programme proposers will have sought advice from their designated AQ contact and that the proposal submitted to PPSC will have been informed by that advice.

Papers for PPSC approval should be sent to at least three weeks in advance of the next PPSC meeting date

Policies and Programmes Sub-Committee

Who to contact

National guidance: