You can download forms and read a guide to the Upgrade and Annual Review process on this research degrees page.
Your thesis should be submitted to the Exams and Research Degrees office via the Student Enquiries Desk on campus.
You can find a guide to the examination process on this research degrees page.
All degree programmes are subject to Academic Regulations, which can be found on the Regulations page.
Regulations applying specifically to postgraduates are:
All students, irrespective of their programme of study, should consult the following:
Changes in enrolment status
The following changes can happen during a programme of study:
- Interruptions (i.e., suspending your studies with a view to resume within two calendar years);
- Withdrawals (i.e., to terminate your studies at Royal Holloway permanently);
- Change of degree (for Master's and Diploma students only);
- Change in mode of attendance (i.e., from full-time to part-time).
Please contact your supervisor if you need to pursue any of the options above. Your Supervisor and Director of Graduate Studies can find the relevant forms and further guidance on Academic Development's Guidance for Academic Staff page.
Extensions to the writing-up period
If you are a Postgraduate Research student who
commenced your programme on or after 1st September 2006 and are
experiencing circumstances which affect your ability to submit your thesis by
the set deadline, you should speak with your department about the possibility
of submitting a request to extend your College registration and not to
interrupt your studies. Please note that requests for extensions will be
assessed by the Vice Principal (Education) as Chair of the College Board of
Examiners Executive Committee (CBEEC), and will be granted only in exceptional circumstances. You will need to obtain the
support of your Supervisor and Director of Graduate Studies, as well as providing
appropriate documentary evidence and a
detailed workplan to support your request .
Please speak with your Supervisor or Director of Studies in the first instance, and note that
extension requests must be submitted by your department o Academic Development at least two months before your current final submission date.
Your Supervisor and Director of Graduate Studies can find further guidance on Academic Development's Guidance for Academic Staff page.
Interruptions in the writing-up year
In the writing-up year, interruptions will only be permitted for long-term / serious extenuating
circumstances where these are such that you are unable to undertake work at
all. You will need to obtain the support of your Supervisor and Director of
Graduate Studies, as well as providing appropriate documentary evidence
and a detailed workplan to support your
Please speak with your Supervisor or Director of Studies in the first instance, as they will
need to submit the interruption request to the Academic Development Office.
For further information please see .
If you are funded by a Research Council (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, STFC), please contact the Exams & Research Degrees Office before starting any process to change your enrolment status.