Postgraduates studying on taught Masters Courses are usually taught in a mixture of classes, lectures and individual tutorials and these are arranged by the relevant University faculty or department rather than the colleges.
The University also expects these students to attend classes designed to train them in methods of academic research. One- and two-year taught masters courses usually require a combination of examinations and short dissertations.
Doctorates usually require three or four years study, and are awarded after the student has researched and written a longer and detailed piece of individual and original research. This is done under the supervision of an academic staff member who is a specialist in the field and who oversees and advises them on their work. Often the supervisor is a member of another college. Again, the University expects Doctoral students to attend classes designed to train them in methods of academic research. Students are often admitted initially to a Masters level course, and then progress on to Doctoral status when they have satisfied their Faculty that this is appropriate.
Postgraduates at Regent’s are under the academic care of the Graduate Studies Tutor, but are also allocated to a Personal Tutor for pastoral matters, and to a college advisor who offers support of a general and academic kind while being more removed from the actual academic work.