The Research Degrees section, based within the Graduate School, is responsible for administering MPhil and PhD studies, from the point of enrolment through to examination and conferment of the award.
Matters relating to research degree examinations and registration for research degree programmes should be addressed to the Research Degrees section (contact details below) in the first instance. If you are unsure about who to contact for your enquiry, please email the main Graduate School inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further guidance on support, training, policy and procedures can be found on the main Graduate School web pages.
Research degree exams
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 the Goldsmiths Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training.
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 Progression for Research Programmes.
- 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
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 Goldsmiths Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research and Training.
Applications are made via the online form below:
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.
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).
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 have 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: 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
Where to find us
The Graduate School, Room 117 Whitehead Building
Open 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri
020 7078 5390