Advanced postgraduate

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In a few universities in the United Kingdom, an advanced postgraduate (APG) is student enrolled in the first year (full time) or first two years (part time) of a PhD program.[1] During this period, students usually research their particular research area for unanswered or unclear research questions or topics. The University also assesses whether the student is suitable to complete a PhD.

At the end of this period, students are required to submit a report regarding the direction of their research during the remainder of their PhD. They usually present the report at a panel interview, called the APG interview.


  1. ^ University of Leicester Graduate School Handbook, "4.4 Advanced Postgraduate (APG) Status", Sep 07 2009, ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-22. Retrieved 2010-02-19. ", Feb 19 2010