The University publishes guidance for graduate students including links to course handbooks, codes of practice for supervision and descriptions of the stages of research degrees. Research students should also explore the Learning Institute's research supervision website. Divisional and departmental websites can also be useful repositories of information.
All graduates should be aware of the need to avoid plagiarism in their academic work. Definitions, examples and resources can be found at http://www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/goodpractice/about.
Progress meetings with the Warden, Dean of Graduates and relevant College adviser are held in the first year and are available on request in subsequent years.
The University operates an online system for graduate reporting which offers graduates the opportunity to reflect on their own progress alongside comments from their supervisor(s) and the director of graduate studies in their faculty or department. These reports can be viewed by the College Advisor.
The College takes seriously the views of graduates and the Senior Tutor makes an annual report with recommendations arising from student feedback to the Warden and Tutors’ Committee. Each year all graduates have the opportunity to complete an online questionnaire. Details are circulated by the Academic Administrator and the time taken to complete these is very much appreciated.
For any queries relating to Exam Entries, please contact the Academic Administrator. It is the responsibility of individual students themselves to enter for examinations and, thus, make themselves aware of examination entry dates, dates and times of examinations etc. Failure to enter on time can incur a University fine.
If you require any special arrangements for Examinations, permission must be obtained, via the college, from the Proctors. Please contact the Academic Administrator if you think you may be entitled to any special arrangements. This includes permission to use a bilingual dictionary and to take food into examinations for diabetics.
Merton produces a guide for Students Taking University Exams which answers many commonly asked questions. Merton offers an Examinations Forum which those on taught courses are encouraged to attend.
Each Michaelmas Term Merton offers four Prize Scholarships, with the aim of recognising and rewarding graduate students of the highest distinction. The Scholarships consist of an award of £500 and the right to dine on High Table once a week. They are awarded on the basis of academic distinction, and are open to all graduate students at Merton College, provided that: (i) they have completed at least one but fewer than five years of graduate study, and (ii) they have not applied in a previous year, and (iii) they have not already completed three years since a Master's degree. The awards are tenable for one year and non-renewable. The elections are made by the Graduate Scholarships Committee, and details of the application process are circulated by the Academic Administrator during the long vacation.
The College has an annual exchange arrangement with the École Normale Supérieure, whereby Merton graduates may be provided with accommodation free of charge to pursue their studies for one or more terms in Paris. Graduates are notified by email of this opportunity in Hilary term each year.