Languages of theses
- The Faculty Graduate Tutor, in consultation with the student's supervisor(s) and the School Graduate
Tutor, considers requests to write a research degree thesis in a language other than English.
- Acceptable criteria
for writing in a language other than English include, among other possibilities, research impact, academic context, dissemination of research and the
availability of examiners. Inadequate competence in written English will not be deemed a good reason.
- The Faculty Graduate Tutor also considers the feasibility of supervising and examining a research degree thesis in a language other
than English. An interdisciplinary or comparative topic, for instance, might require the supervisors and potential
examiners to be fluent in several languages.
- Requests to write in a
language other than English must be submitted within the first six months of a student's degree. After the first six months of the degree, such requests must be referred to the Chair of the UCL Research Degree Committee.
- A research degree written in a language other than English must include an abstract in English. The abstract must demonstrate that the
student's English is adequate and in keeping with the
expectations of an English-speaking academic readership.
- Upgrades and vivas will normally be conducted in English.