Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes

The Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes contains a wide range of information for PGR students and academic departments, from registration to the point of award.


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Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes 2022-23 (PDF, 774KB)

Registration and fees

When and how to register and pay tuition fees.

Registration and fees

Changes to student status

How to make changes to your student status during PGR study.

Change personal or course details


Information on conducting research at the University.

Researching at Sheffield


Find guidance on supervision for supervisors, students and departments.

PGR supervision

Academic progress monitoring

Information on how students' progress is monitored and supported.

Academic progress monitoring

Working and holidays

Guidance on working at the University and taking annual leave.

Working, holidays and placements

Thesis and examination

A comprehensive guide to thesis preparation, submission and examination. 

Thesis guidance

Publications and forms

If you are looking for a specific policy or form, you can find it here.

Forms, publications and policies

Further information

Degree criteria

View the criteria necessary for the award of a PhD or an MPhil.

Degree criteria

Higher Doctorates

The University offers a number of Higher Doctorates across our faculties.

Higher Doctorates

PhD and MD by Publication

The University offers the degrees of PhD and MD by Publication to current members of staff

PhD and MD by Publication


View previous versions of the Code of Practice.

Code of Practice archive