The following FAQs are intended to help research students to find the answers to their most common queries. Policies and procedures that apply to all students, including research, are included in the other items under ‘current students’.
Students whose Programmes of Study allow will be transferred to the thesis pending period at the end of registered study if they have successfully passed their final annual review and have not submitted their thesis for examination.
Registering in thesis pending may allow you to be exempt from Council Tax. You should always check with your individual Council as to their exemptions. Some sponsors of international students also require their students to register in thesis pending.
Normally full time students - one year. Part time students - two years. Full time Doctorate students are required to submit their thesis within four years of their start date (eight years for part time students). Full time MPhil students are required to submit their thesis within three years of their start date (six years for part time students). If you have had a registered period of study more than three years full time or six years part time, your thesis pending period will be reduced accordingly.
Two softbound copies of your thesis and a searchable PDF version on disc should be submitted to one of the Student Services Centres.
The relevant form including a submission plan/timeline should be completed and submitted to Student Services along with any evidence of extenuating circumstances for consideration. You will be notified in writing as soon as a decision has been made.
Maximum period from initial registration
The Thesis Pending Period
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