Annual reviews and upgrades

Please find below information on the upgrade process for Research Degree students. 

Annual Reviews

  • Each student’s academic progress will be formally reviewed by an annual review at least once every 12 months.
  • The purpose of the annual review is to consider the student’s academic progress, confirm satisfactory completion of research training and determine new objectives and training requirements.
  • Annual review forms should be kept on the department's files but do not need to be sent to Student Administration.


  • Research degree students who wish to submit for a PhD are required  to have a first attempt at an upgrade from the MPhil to PhD programme within the first 20 months of study (Full-time) or 40 months (Part-time). Should the first attempt not be successful, students have an opportunity for a second, and final attempt at an upgrade from MPhil to PhD before the end of their second year of study ( 24 months Full-time)  or four years (48 months  Part-time).
  • If there is an query about the deadline for a student to upgrade, please contact us.
  • Please note students must have upgraded to be eligible to be entered for the PhD examination.
  • Once a student has completed their upgrade, the completed Upgrade Form should be returned to Student Administration by email to so we can update their record.
  • If your student is unable to upgrade within the deadlines set out above due to extenuating circumstances, the department may consider applying for a waiver of regulations.  For further information, please contact the Academic Quality and Policy Office.
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For further information please refer to the Research Degree Regulations