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The Research Degrees section is responsible for administering MPhil and PhD studies, from enrolment through to examination and conferment of the award.

The section works in conjunction with the Graduate School to provide guidance and support on all matters relating to research degree programmes.

Research degree exams

Registration and submission of your thesis, your viva, contacting examiners and conferring your award.

Registering for your MPhil/PhD programme

You are required to register every year for your programme as well as pay your tuition fees. Notification for enrolment will be sent to your college email account, it is your responsibility to check this account regularly.

If you are here on a Tier 4 visa you will also be required to make two additional check-ins at the start of each term.

The normal expected length of registration is 4 years Full-Time and 7 years Part-time.

For further information refer to Research Student Handbook and Regulations for Research Degrees

Taking a break from study

With departmental consent you can take some time away from your study. You can interrupt for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 2 years, see General Regulations 7.10 - 7.13.

  • You would not be expected to be working on your thesis or receiving supervision during this time
  • Your expected end date would be adjusted accordingly
  • You must be registered for a minimum of 3 months after a period of interruption before you submit
  • You are not permitted to interrupt in completion or continuation status unless there are extenuating circumstances and these would be dealt with on a case by case basis

Interruption form (PDF)

Switching from either full or part-time study

With departmental consent you can change your mode of attendance (FT to PT/PT to FT).

  • Your registration period will be recalculated with the following formula, 1 full-time year = 2 part-time years
  • Your expected end-date will be adjusted accordingly
  • You must submit the application within 2 weeks of the date of the transfer

Please note that you are not permitted to change mode of attendance in completion or continuation status.

Change of programme form (PDF)

Off campus study

If you are registered on a full-time MPhil/PhD programme and are going to be researching away from campus for a period of time you can apply for off-campus study.

  • Your tuition fee for the period will be adjusted to the programme part-time rate.

Please refer to the Research Student Handbook for more information on eligibility for this scheme

Off campus study form (PDF download) 

Upgrading from MPhil to PhD

Information on the upgrade process can be obtained from the Research Student Handbook. We will write to confirm your successful upgrade, if you require additional confirmation for the purposes of your sponsor please contact research-degrees (@gold.ac.uk).

Transfer of Registration from MPhil to PhD form (PDF download)

 

 

Completion Status

Completion status is a reduced fee status which assumes that you are in the 'writing up' phase of your programme.  Qualification for completion status on a full-time basis will usually happen in year 4 if you are studying for a PhD, and in year 3 for an MPhil.  If you are studying on a part-time basis, and started your programme prior to September 2013, eligibility for completion status will occur in years 6 and 7 if you are entering for the PhD examination and years 4 and 5 if you are entering for the MPhil examination.  However, if you begun your programme from September 2013 onwards, eligibility for completion status occurs in years 7 and 8 for PhDs and years 5 and 6 for MPhils.

Eligibility for the status is assessed with the following conditions:

  • Registration of at least 3 years full-time or 5/6 years part-time (see above) for a PhD or registration of at least 2 years full-time or 4/5 years part-time (see above) for an MPhil
  • You need to have upgraded (PhD programmes)
  • You must be on target to submit by the end of the completion period

Your department will confirm your eligibility to move to completion status and notification of whether you have qualified for the status will occur at the relevant enrolment point.

Interruptions to your study when you reach completion status can only be granted in exceptional cases.

Further information:

Research Student Handbook 2016-17 (PDF download)

Tuition Fee Schedule

Extending your study, Continuation Status

If you do not submit your thesis by the end of your completion period your department can ask that you are granted one additional year of study called 'Continuation Status'. The Graduate School will consider the request; if successful you will be invited to register for the status.

The possibility of any extensions beyond the continuation year would need to be discussed in detail with your department and the Graduate School.

Further information

Tuition Fee Schedule

Extending your Tier 4 visa

If you need to apply to extend your Tier 4 visa during your studies please make an appointment with the Immigration Advisory Service well in advance of any application.

Further details on Tier 4

Useful links

Graduate School

GRO and ETHOS

Where to find us

The Student Centre, Room 117 RHB
Open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri
research-degrees (@gold.ac.uk)
0207 896 2783

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