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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.

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Registration and fees

Registration of new and continuing research students

Periods of registration

Tuition and continuation fees

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Change of status and time limits

Confirmation Review

Change of candidature

Leave of absence

Time limits

Withdrawal from the University

Changes to personal details

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Ethical approval

Good academic practice

Research Data Management

Managing security-sensitive research

Rights and responsibilities of students

Student Attendance Monitoring


Physical & social environment


Personal and pastoral support

Responsibilities of the student

Responsibilities of the supervisor

Responsibilities of the department

Change of supervisor

Conflicts of interest in research supervision

Planning for time abroad in your PhD

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Academic progress

Progress of research students

Progress concerns and Faculty Student Review

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Work outside the degree and holiday entitlement

Working hours and holidays

The employment of research students by departments

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Thesis preparation, submission and examination

Use of unfair means in the assessment process

Use of copyright material

Publishing work prior to submission

Preparation of theses

Formatting and binding of theses

Alternative Format Thesis

Submission deadlines on University closure days

Submission of theses

Submitting a thesis to Turnitin

Appointment of examiners

The oral examination (viva voce)

After the oral examination: recommendations and reports

Pass with minor corrections

Pass with major corrections

Resubmission of a thesis

Library copies

Embargoing a thesis

Award and conferment of degrees

Replacement degree certificates

Complaints and appeals

Who to contact

Contacts for PGR students