As an OU MPhil/PhD research student you will have two internal supervisors who are members of the University’s academic staff (Professional Doctorate students should refer to Professional Doctorate application FAQ's). You may also have an additional external supervisor, either because of your location as a part-time student or to contribute specific expertise to the supervisory team.
Supervisors provide encouragement and constructive critical advice but also monitor your progress. It is on the basis of progress reports that the University continues your registration. Continued registration is dependent upon maintaining satisfactory progress and meeting all fee liabilities.
The number of meetings you have with your supervisors will depend on the nature of your project and whether you are studying full- or part-time. The minimum number of meetings required is set out in the Research Degree Regulations.