MPhil/PhD students' registration

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The Graduate School is responsible to supporting and administering MPhil and PhD students’ registration throughout their time at Goldsmiths. The information below outlines key information regarding managing your registration.

We are here to offer guidance and support to PGR students, Supervisors, and Academic Departments at any stage of a student’s MPhil or PhD journey. Please do get in touch via email graduateschool (@gold.ac.uk).

Further guidance on support, training, policy and procedures can be found on the main Graduate School web pages. 

Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21

Our Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF) sets out the minimum regulatory standards required of Postgraduate Research students enrolled on MPhil/PhD programmes, their supervisors, and academic Departments.

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.

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 24 months. For full guidelines pertaining to periods of interruption, please refer to Section 2.2 of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF).

To request an interruption, please complete 2020-2021 Interruption Form (PDF) and return it to your department for approval.  

Switching from either full or part-time study

With departmental consent you can change your mode of attendance or degree programme. For full guidelines pertaining to changing your mode of attendance, please refer to Section 2.4 of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF).

To request a change, please complete a Change of Programme Form (PDF) and return it to your department for approval.

Off campus study

In certain circumstances, research students registered with the College may, for reasons integral to their research (e.g. overseas fieldwork), need to be based for defined periods (normally between 3-12 months) at an off-campus location.

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 Research status for the applicable period. If approved, your tuition fee for those months will be adjusted pro rata to the part-time rate for your programme. 

You can read the current guidelines applicable to Off-Campus Research in the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF).

Applications are made via our online Off-Campus Research application form.

Please note that there are additional considerations for students who are studying on a visa when applying for Off-Campus Research status; if you are studying on a visa, you are advised to contact Goldsmiths Immigration Advice Service to discuss your plans before making an application.

 

 

 

Transfer of Registration ('upgrade')

Students will be initially be registered as candidates for the MPhil degree. During their programme they will be subject to a formal assessment of their research ability and the standard of their research.

The purpose of this assessment is to confirm the student’s transfer of registration to candidate for the PhD degree. The Transfer of Registration process is also known informally as the ‘Upgrade’. For full guidelines pertaining to the Transfer of Registration process, please refer to Section 5.2 of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF).

Following any Transfer Panel attempt, all parties (including assessors, student, and Departmental PGR Committee chair) are required to complete a Transfer Panel Outcome Form (Word) indicating the assessors’ decision.

 

 

Completion Status

Completion status is a reduced fee status available to MPhil/PhD students who are confirmed to be in the 'writing up' phase of their programme.

The criteria for approval for completion status is included in full in Section 2.5 of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF). For information about fee liability in this mode, please refer to Annex 7 of the College’s Tuition Fee Policy and Procedures.

Tuition fee amounts for each Academic Year are listed on the Fees website.

Extending your study, Continuation Status

In exceptional circumstances, students may be granted an extension to their registration beyond the maximum period. The process for requesting an extension, as well as the criteria for approval, are included in Section 2.6 of the Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training 2020-21 (PDF). Applications are made via our online Request to Extend Registration Period Form.

Where the Graduate School grants an extension request, the student will be liable for Continuation fees throughout their extension period. For information about fee liability in this mode, please refer to Annex 7 of the College’s Tuition Fee Policy and Procedures. Tuition fee amounts for each Academic Year are listed on the Fees website.

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 extending your Tier 4 visa.

Research degree examinations

Information on the MPhil/PhD examination process.

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