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Information about completing your research degree

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:

  1. Interruptions (i.e., suspending your studies with a view to resume within two calendar years);
  2. Withdrawals (i.e., to terminate your studies at Royal Holloway permanently);
  3. Change of degree (for Master's and Diploma students only);
  4. 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 request .

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 .

 

RCUK-funded students

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. 

 

   
 
 
 

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