Periods of registration

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Periods of Registration

The minimum, normal and maximum periods of registration for our Research Programmes are set out below, and are defined as follows:
  • minimum period of registration is the shortest allowable time between initial registration and submission of the thesis for the specified research degree programme, as defined in the University Regulations
  • normal period of registration is the typical or optimum time between initial registration and submission of the thesis for a specified research degree programme - that is, all research students should be aiming to submit their thesis within this timescale
  • maximum period of registration is the time limit, as defined in the University's Regulations, for submission of the thesis for the specified research degree programme.

Minimum period of registration
MPhil (full-time) - 1 years
MPhil (part-time) - 2 years
PhD (full-time) - 2 years
PhD (part-time) - 4 years

Normal period of registration
MPhil (full-time) - 2 years
MPhil (part-time) - 4 years
PhD (full-time) - 3 years
PhD (part-time) - 6 years

Maximum period of registration
MPhil (full-time) - 3 years
MPhil (part-time) - 6 years
PhD (full-time) - 4 years
PhD (part-time) - 8 years

Students who commenced before 1st August 2012 will usually have registered initially for the degree of MPhil. Such students will need to have completed the upgrade process by the end of their period of registration, and are expected to do this significantly sooner.

You can find out your current time-limit on your student record, or by contacting the Research and Resources Administrator.

Further details can be found on the RIS webpages

Continuation Fees

For students undertaking a PhD, full tuition fees are payable for the first three years of registration (pro-rated for PT students). Following this period, tuition fees are no longer payable - however, you will be required to pay continuation fees to cover the period from the start of your fourth year (seventh year for PT students) to the date of submission.

Students entering this period, known as the 'writing-up' period, will be required to pay their continuation fees up-front (currently £360). If they then submit their thesis before the end of this period, they will be refunded any overpayment. For example, if a full-time student submits after 3 months of the writing up period, they will be refunded the remaining 9 months worth of continuation fees.

Further details can be found on the R&IS webpages

Staff Candidates

Staff candidates for PhD are part-time, and are fully registered for the first two years of their studies, and are thereafter classed as 'writing up'. The minimum, normal and maximum periods of registration are set out below:

  • Minimum - 2 years
  • Normal - 6 years
  • Maximum - 8 years
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