Support and guidance
The team are here to support you at all stages of your research degree. Prepare for each stage and find out about the support available to you.
- Registration is a quick and easy process to confirm your place and gain access to services and facilities.
- Familiarise yourself with your responsibilities right at the start of your research degree.
- Notify the Doctoral College of any changes to your personal details.
- Read more about your research degree including attendance requirements, your student ID card and how you can combine research with teaching or other employment.
- Agree your research area/questions and develop a plan for completing your research and submitting your thesis.
- You will have a specified minimum and maximum period of registration dependent on your mode of study. It will be calculated based on your initial date of registration.
- Make full use of your induction events and materials provided.
- Read more about getting started including developing your skills, meetings with your supervisor, and your probation review.
- You need to re-register online every year to confirm your place and access our services and facilities.
- After completing your probation review, you and your work will be monitored by a progress review panel.
- You will need to formally apply for permission if you want to change your mode of study or programme.
- Read more about progressing your degree including internships and placements, options for suspending or withdrawing from your degree, and your academic obligations.
- Have a clear plan for your final year - take control of your work.
- After completing your period of registration, you can apply for writing-up status.
- You will need to formally notify us that you intend to submit your thesis three months in advance.
- Read more about your final year including applying for an extension, rules on thesis length and how to format and bind your thesis.
- You must submit two soft-bound copies of your thesis within your registration period.
- You will then have a Viva of course, which is usually within three months of your submission
- Depending on the outcome of your Viva, you may be asked to make some amendments to your thesis and resubmit.
- Before we can award you degree, we need to add your thesis to our library in both bound hard copy and electronic versions. (In rare instances there may be an embargo of up to 12 months on making your thesis publicly available, eg. if it includes material awaiting publication elsewhere.)
Once that is all done and dusted, it's time to think about graduation. Congratulations!