The University of Southampton
MedicinePostgraduate study

Supervision & Progress

There are currently approximately 200 research student supervisors in Medicine.

You can read about their research expertise in the postgraduate prospectus or by visiting their personal web pages, which can be found within the Academic Unit pages.

As a research student in Medicine you will be provided with a supervisory team of at least two supervisors, at least one of whom will be an expert in the field of research that you have chosen to study. This person will in effect provide you with your day-to-day supervision. Depending on your individual requirements, a third supervisor may be added to the team. All of our members of staff are required to attend a supervision training course before they are permitted to supervise research students for the first time.

Your supervisors will help you to choose your research project to ensure that it gives sufficient scope for originality of thought and the development of research skills. They will provide you with support and advice and monitor your progress throughout the programme. It is important that you develop a good relationship with your supervisor and feel that you are in a sympathetic as well as an instructive environment. Guidance provided by your supervisor is an important aspect of the research project.

Your Project

The core element of your MPhil/PhD/DM will be the research project. Initially you will work closely with a supervisor allowing you to develop your research skills. By the end of your project you will be able to conduct your research independently and will need to write up your work as a thesis.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a range of other skills in order to support your research and career development.

Clinical research

All studies using humans, human tissue or organs or NHS staff or facilities must have a research sponsor and comply with the requirements of the joint Medicine/Universities Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust Research Governance Office. This includes: 

You should obtain approval to commence your project in conjunction with your supervisor. Details of how to register the project and completion and submission of the relevant forms, including ethics applications can be found on the SUHT Research & Development website.

Making a significant contribution to the School's scientific output
Research in a laboratory

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