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Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes

The Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes contains a wide range of information required by both students and their academic departments from the point of registration onto a higher degree by research, to the point of award.

link to registration and fees

Registration and fees

Registration of new and continuing research students

Periods of registration

Tuition and continuation fees

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Changes to students' status

Confirmation Review

Change of candidature

Leave of absence

Extension to time limits

Withdrawal from the University

Changes to personal details



Good academic practice

Ethical approval

Preventing harm in research (safeguarding)

Research governance approval

Research data management

Managing security-sensitive research

Rights & responsibilities


Physical, social and research environment

Planning for time abroad




Change of supervisor

Conflicts of interest in research

Personal and pastoral support

Responsibilities of the student

Responsibilities of the supervisor

Responsibilities of the department

academic progress

Academic progress monitoring

Progression milestones

Submission Review

Student engagement and attendance monitoring

Progress concerns and Faculty Student Review

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Working and holidays

Working hours and holidays

The employment of research students by departments


thesis preparation

Thesis preparation

Preparation of theses

Thesis formats

Use of unfair means

Use of copyright material

Publishing work prior to submission

Formatting and binding

thesis submission

Thesis submission

Submission of theses

Submission to Turnitin

Submission checklist

thesis examination

Thesis examination

Appointment of examiners

The oral examination (viva voce)

Examination outcomes and reports

Pass with minor corrections

Pass with major corrections

Resubmission of a thesis

Final Library copy


Award of degrees

Replacement degree certificates

Affiliate Research Account Extension

Complaints and appeals

Who to contact

Contacts for PGR students