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Masters by Research in Oncology

Postgraduate research studies take place 52 weeks of the year, and you will be entitled to 38 days of holiday (including bank holidays) during this time. You will be expected to live and study in Oxford unless fieldwork takes you further afield.

As a student enrolled on the Masters by Research course you will begin your studies as a "Probationer Research Student" (PRS) and will have one assessment prior to submission of your thesis. This assessment is designed to evaluate your progress with your studies.

  • Transfer to MSc Status provides an opportunity for a detailed check on your progress, and your understanding of your Masters' research. This is an opportunity for you to receive independent feedback on your work.

Research examination process: The University regulations state that Masters by Research students in the Medical Sciences Division must  be registered on the course for a minimum of three terms (one academic year). After successful completion of the Transfer to MSc status you may submit your thesis anytime after the third term. A viva examination will be conducted by two examiners, one internal to the University and one external.  This typically takes place within three months of the examiners being sent the completed thesis.

Leave to Supplicate: Upon successful completion of your examination you are awarded "Leave to Supplicate" and your college then proceeds with arrangements for your graduation ceremony.