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CANES MSc Programme

Project Allocation and Progression to PhD

Project presentations

During Semester 1, all supervisors are asked to give a brief presentation of their available project(s) to the current cohort of CANES MSc Students.

Presentations are recorded and made available on KEATS.

Students are strongly encouraged to discuss details of the projects they are interested in with the relevant supervisors.

Project proposals

CANES PhD projects need to focus on non-equilibrium science and be cross-disciplinary. This requires careful planning from project supervisors, who submit new proposals annually by a date typically set in late November. After review and approval by the Recruitment & Monitoring Board these projects are then advertised for recruitment of the next cohort. There is also the possibility for students in the MSc year to contact potential CANES supervisors with ideas for projects. If viable proposals emerge these would have to be submitted by supervisors in the same way as for standard supervisor-led projects, and by the same deadline. However, if approved such projects would be made available to the current MSc cohort rather than the next, and accordingly included towards the end of the run of project presentations in the same calendar year.

Project allocation

At the beginning of Semester 2, after all presentations have taken place, students score their top three projects. The Recruitment & Monitoring Board will initially allocate students to their highest ranked project available for the current year.  The main criterion is to allocate students to their preferred project; where more than one student has scored the same project as their highest, other factors are taken into account including feedback from supervisors. Projects from the following year’s pool can be brought forward if no satisfactory allocation can otherwise be found.

Progression and admission to the PhD portion of the Programme

Progression decisions are normally made at the June session of the Examination Sub board. Progression to the PhD Portion of the CANES Programme is subject to the student meeting the following criteria:

Four weeks prior to the official start date of your programme, confirmation of having achieved an overall percentage grade in all components of the MSc except for the summer research methods modules (7CCMNE08 and 7CCMNE09) that is normally at or above Merit level (60%) and at least at or above Pass level (50%).

Furthermore, students are required to submit at the end of year one a PhD project outline, written in discussion with their supervisors, and this will have to be approved by the Recruitment & Monitoring Board.

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