The School of Medicine and Dentistry policy will be followed, with a formal progress report and oral examination at 9 months (student progress and plans and a short critical appraisal assessed by supervisors and the Graduate Studies Committee) and transfer from MPhil to PhD within 18 months (via 10,000 word report and viva by two assessors, one external to the Centre). There will be a further report to supervisors at 30 months. Transfer to writing-up status will occur at 36 months. It will be made clear that the student should aim to submit their thesis at about 39 months to enable their PhD award within 4 years of commencing their studentship. At each milestone the student’s personal development plan will be monitored to ensure that they have received the recommended 70 hours per annum transferable skills training.