Every year Regent’s offers places to around twenty postgraduate applicants for a range of the University’s taught and research courses. In 2015, we welcomed nearly double that number, drawn from a range of Social Science and Humanities disciplines and from six continents of the world! In the friendly atmosphere of Regent’s, the postgraduate community is a rich melting pot which provides many opportunities for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange.
Postgraduate students at Regent’s get the best of two worlds; they have their own facilities in the Middle Common Room (MCR) but they are also full members of the Junior Common Room (JCR). Community spirit is strong at Regent’s and in many activities – sport, art, music, drama – both undergraduate and postgraduate students work together. For most postgraduates the College is primarily a social home but for some, especially those with an interest in Baptist and Nonconformist history, we also have world-leading research facilities in the Angus Library and Archive.
Taught Courses and Research Courses
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.