HTD/OUCRU Training Programme
|Director of Training||Dr Mary Chambers|
2011 – 2012
Dr Tran Thuy Chau (Universities Liaisons Officer)
Dr Maciej Boni
Dr Annette Fox
Dr Mattias Larsson
Professor Tran Tinh Hien
Professor Jeremy Farrar
Dr Ngo Thi Hoa
Dr Sarah Dunstan
2 student representatives
This Committee meets quarterly. Members sit on the Committee for 2 years. Student representatives rotate annually. The Committee is quorate if at least 60% of the Committee is present.
|1. BSc||Students from Universities in Viet Nam can spend up to 6 months in the Unit to complete their undergraduate degree.|
i) A part time two year taught course at the University of Natural Sciences in HCMC
ii) An MSc by distance learning via the internet
The entry point is usually a BSc or an MD.
For both i.and ii. the student carries out the thesis work at OUCRU. MSc degrees are not examined by OUCRU.
Organised via the Open University, Oxford University or potentially other Universities. This is a programme with a thesis submission and viva in English. The Unit covers the fees for Vietnamese students.
The entry point is either an BSc (exceptional circumstances only), an MSc or an MD with an IELTS equivalent score of 7. For PhDs at OUCRU-VN (HCMC, Hanoi) Vietnamese citizens are required and for PhDs in Nepal, Indonesia, and other countries linked with the OUCRU priority is towards nationals of those countries. Clinicians are encouraged to apply but must have approval from their hospital director and Head of Department. The Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) welcomes diversity amongst its staff and seeks to ensure that selection is based solely on the individual merits of candidates and on selection criteria relevant to the post. Our training programme in Viet Nam focuses primarily on Vietnamese nationals but we will consider applicants of other nationalities with alternative funding. In pursuance of this aim OUCRU is committed to equality of opportunity and will adhere to the procedure in the conduct of the recruitment and selection process for all advertised posts (link)
1. From B.Sc. to M.Sc. to Ph.D.
1. We would normally encourage people to go from B.Sc. to M.Sc. to Ph.D., but this is flexible - exceptional students may opt to move straight to a Ph.D. after discussions with, and recommendation from, their supervisor. They would need to prepare a formal report of their work written by themselves in manuscript format and be formally assessed by their prospective supervisors and the Training Committee at a viva.
2. The prospective student must identify the project and an individual who will be their main day-to-day Director of Studies and a second supervisor. They would also need to identify a Senior Member of the Unit who will act as their mentor throughout the period of study and someone they can go to if there are problems.
3. Completion of the OU application form with their supervisors.
4. Meeting with the student, Director of Studies, Supervisor and the Training Committee to discuss the proposal.
5. E-mail the application to everyone in the Unit at least one month prior to the OU deadline.
6. A formal English qualification for those who do not have English as their first language. We offer English classes to all Ph.D. students. In order to apply to the PhD training programme, the student must have a score of IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent). By the end of their first year students need an IELTS of 7.5 to register with a UK university.
2. PhD student schedule
Following acceptance from the university, there is a meeting of the student, the Director of Studies, Supervisors and the Director of Training to outline the PhD schedule with dates for all subsequent meetings. Students will then have monthly, minuted meetings with their supervisors. These minutes should be written by the student, agreed by supervisor and kept in the student’s personal record book.
2. At Nine Months Post-University Registration
The student prepares the probationary report with the assistance of his/her Director of study and Supervisor before having an interview with the Training Committee. This is the formal review that the Open University needs to confirm the student’s status as a PhD student and is due nine months from the date on which external registration began. Oxford University requires this interview to upgrade to DPhil status. This marks the end of the external registration provisional period. The student therefore needs to produce:
a. A 20 page review of the subject and any results written as a paper (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References). This should include a (Endnote) library covering the major literature relevant to their thesis.
b. This should be made available to the Training Committee at least two weeks prior to the meeting. The student will present their work in approximately 20 minutes and have a question and answer session with the Training Committee.
c. Following this meeting the student will present their work to the Unit at a Tuesday academic meeting.
The student is responsible for sending their completed probationary report to Open University.
Students registered with Oxford University need to upgrade to DPhil status.
3. Years 3 -4
There is an annual formal meeting between the student and the Training Committee. One week prior to this the student must circulate a 1-page summary of work to date and a one page summary of future work, including a chapter plan.
4. Year 4
By the end of Year 4 the student must have submitted the thesis, completed the viva, performed the corrections to the thesis, and have written confirmation from the University that the thesis has passed. The student fellowship ends 4 years after internal registration. The thesis must be under 100,000 words and the oral examination of the thesis is held approximately 6 weeks after thesis submission.