Services for Students


Research students

We have webpages specifically relating to processes for research students. If your question isn’t answered there, please search the below FAQs.


Full time students whose programme of study lasts for less than 4 years and who have completed their research, may enter the thesis-pending period. If you are eligible for thesis pending, you can opt to register during that time. 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 may also require their students to register in thesis pending.

You can only register in your Thesis Pending period if you are a full-time student, and for a maximum of 1 year.


Full time students who are eligible for a thesis pending period should download and complete the  Registration form.

Late applications will not be accepted. Completed form should be emailed to relevant Faculty support team (email addresses on the form). 


The fee rises on an annual basis.

Please see the Tuition Fee pages for further information (please choose ‘Postgraduate research tuition fees’ and select relevant academic year from left menu).


Students whose programme of study lasts for less than 4 years (8 years in the case of part-time students) and who have completed their research and the period of registered study, may enter the thesis-pending period. In all cases the thesis must be submitted within 4 years (full-time) or 8 years (part-time) of the start of study or within 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) of the end of registration, whichever is the lesser unless the terms and conditions of a studentship held by an individual vary this.

Typically, full time student on 36 month plan is likely to be eligible for 1 year of thesis pending, student on 42 month would get 6 months, and students on 4 year plan would not be eligible for thesis pending.


Upon receipt of your completed  Notification of submission of thesis form, Student Services will ask your School to nominate examiners. When approved, we will email you with the names of your examiners, asking you to declare any possible conflict of interest.

Every research thesis will be evaluated by Examiners who have appropriate academic qualifications, relevant expertise in the area of research being examined, and a suitable level of experience in examining research degree submissions.

It is the responsibility of the Internal Examiner to arrange the viva voce examination and it is therefore important that you keep him/her advised of your contact details.

You are required to submit your thesis for examination by the submission deadline notified to you during your course of studies. In exceptional circumstances, you can apply for an extension to your submission deadline, in line with the extension to thesis pending policy.

All applications should be agreed with your School and submitted with supporting evidence to Student Services for consideration. Please refer to our website for more information and application form.


The resubmission period is one year from the date formal written notification is sent to you by Student Services.

The fee for thesis re-submission is updated annually; see the fee schedule for the current fee (please choose ‘Postgraduate Research tuition fees’ and select relevant academic year from left menu).

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