Welcome to the Oxford Physics Department Patrick Baird Graduate Studies: the challenge, the requirements and the community. The community There are six sub-departments within Oxford Physics: ALP, CMP, PP, TP, AOPP, AP. Each sub-department has a Director of Graduate Studies whose job is to oversee all aspects graduate work from admission to monitoring progress and examinations. The PGJCC is your voice in what the department offers to graduates. PGJCC The membership of this Joint Consultative Committee includes one graduate student representative from each sub-department and one post-doctoral representative from each of our two sites (East вЂ“ CMP, ALP & AOPP and West - PP, TP & AP) The committee meets once a term - in 9th week - and elections to membership take place in Hilary. Teaching and Graduate Studies: Organization PMC Graduate Studies Head of Teaching Faculty PJCC Committee Academic Committee Director of Graduate Studies Budgets PGJCC Academic Administrator MPLS Graduate Advisory Panel (RCUK/Colleges) Access Officer Teaching Faculty Secretary and Reception Graduate Studies Secretary (PA) The Hurdles The transfer from PRS to D.Phil. student. Usually this involves a viva and some kind of report and/or essay. Notification from the sub-department to allow this transfer means filling in a form! (GSO 2) Your changed status ultimately needs to be confirmed after another 6-9 terms. Another form ( or rather two) to fill in! (GSO 14 +14A) The thesis you ultimately submit will need to be no more that 250 pages of A4, double-spaced with standard font size. (The exception is TP вЂ“ where the limit is150 pages). Currently two examiners are appointed to review the thesis; normally one is external and one internal to the department. Transferable Skills вЂ“ The RobertsвЂ™ Report The government accepted this report and provided resources to enable graduates to develop additional skills aside from specific research training. Each graduate student is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of the skills training they have received. It is expected that each year you will receive 10 days (2 weeks) of such training. There is a web portal on the MPLS Divisional website which provides some background information, see http://www.skillsportal.ox.ac.uk/ http://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/skillstraining/ Organisation of skills training First year: largely embedded in your first year graduate course. Skills which are useful to your research but which reach further afield, e.g. computing, presentationalвЂ¦ etc. Second year: UKgrad schools, Teacher training etc. (The teaching training day(s) are mandatory and is a requirement for anyone wishing to teach or demonstrate.) Third Year: career-oriented skills, writing CVs, papers and applicationsвЂ¦.. Graduate Notice Board There is an electronic notice board on our physics website. Here you will find information and links to relevant graduate studies information, e.g. minutes of PGJCC meetings, membership of committees, regulations governing degrees, scholarships, links to counselling services etc. вЂ¦.And who knows perhaps even information on social functions..!! The divisionвЂ™s notice board at: http://www.mpls.ox.ac.uk/intranet/noticeboard.asp provides information on graduate lectures etc. across the division, i.e. in other science departments in physical and life sciences. And finally.. Remember you are a crucial part of this large department. Your welfare is important to us as well as your academic endeavours. Let someone know if you need information or support! You should also have a college advisor. The graduate studies office is currently located on the first floor at the rear of the MWLT complex (Ming Li). Above all enjoy your time in the department and make the most of the research opportunities provided.