All new MASTS funded PhD students can take part, and programme fees will be covered by MASTS. Current members of the MASTS Graduate School, including Associate Members of the MASTS Graduate School and those in receipt of a bursary will also be eligible to enroll free of charge, providing they have been registered for a PhD for 12 months or less. Other postgraduate students or Early Career Researchers in marine or related disciplines can apply to MASTS to become Associate Members of the Graduate School and take part in the PG Cert on payment of the current Graduate School and PG Cert programme fees.
In order to receive an award, PhD students are required to undertake 60 credits worth of appropriate development activities over the duration of their research degree studentship. Each credit is notionally equivalent to 10 hours of study. Credits can be accumulated across five classes, each with a distinct focus, recognised as important to your research and career:
Four of the classes are aligned to the Vitae Researcher Development Framework’s domains, whilst the fifth class is an elective to allow you to explore any of these areas in more detail.
In addition, MASTS is a community of researchers who possess highly developed intellectual abilities, knowledge, skills, behaviours and competencies relevant to marine research, as well as a breadth of transferrable skills and we encourage professional development of our postgraduate researchers contextualised to marine science and technology. MASTS has therefore defined a number of core activities that support development of skills and attributes specifically for the marine sciences and these can contribute to credit accumulation in different classes
Students are expected to achieve at least 20 credits in each year and this can be split over any of the five classes. You must successfully accrue 60 credits over approximately three years. You should undertake training most appropriate to your development needs, making use of the wide range of opportunities available to you. You should discuss your training plan with your supervisor, and present your progress during any review meetings you have with your supervisory team. You must complete all five classes successfully in order to achieve the PG Cert award.
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