Guidance for Research Degrees

For Students

General Information for Research Degree Students

Completing Research Status (CRS)
Guidance for students transferring to writing up status.

Extension to Completing Research Status (CRS)
Guidance and application forms for extensions to CRS in exceptional circumstances.

Upgrade to PhD
Further information for students wishing to upgrade to PhD from MPhil, including the associated regulations, criteria for upgrade and a description of the upgrade process.

Research Degree Examination Entry
This page contains details regarding examination entry, including forms, information on re-submission, changing thesis titles after submission, and submission of conjoint work.

Late Submission Fees for Research Students
If you fail to submit your thesis by the end of your period of Completing Research Status, you will need to apply for late submission. The following fees will apply.

Guidance on Viva Examinations for Research Degrees
Advice for students and examiners on the Viva Examination process.

Information Regarding Outcome of Viva
A guide to the most common results and subsequent procedures.

FAQ for Research Degree Candidates
Answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme
Information for international students wishing to work in the UK following the successful completion of studies, including eligibility criteria and application forms. 

Submission, Binding and Format of Theses

Format of Thesis
A comprehensive guide to formatting your thesis, including layout, paper, contents, pagination, etc.

Binding of Thesis
A guide to correctly binding your thesis prior to submission.

List of Binders and Printers
A list of companies that provide binding and printing services.

Submission of Thesis
Information regarding the final submission of your thesis.

Forms Required with Final Copy of Thesis
Forms and procedures for award and examination of your thesis.

For Supervisors

Examiner Nominations

Procedure for Nomination and Appointment of Research Degree Examiners
This document includes guidance on nominations, including criteria for appointment as well as a description of the approval process.

FAQs on the Nomination and Appointment of Research Degree Examiners
Answers to the most frequently asked question regarding nominations and appointments.

Research Degree Examiner Nomination Form

Submission of Thesis

Submission of Thesis Form
This form is provided to offer protection to supervisors in rare cases where students submit theses against the advice of their supervisors.

General Information for Supervisors

Guidance on Viva Examinations for Research Degrees
Advice for students and examiners on the Viva Examination process.

For Examiners

Report Forms

Preliminary Report Form
This is an independent preliminary report, which should be written by each examiner after reading the thesis but before conferring with the co-examiner about it.

PhD Joint report Form
Joint report form for PhD candidates only.

EngD Joint Report Form
Joint report form for EndD candidates only.

MD(Res) Joint Report Form
Joint report form for MD(Res) candidates only.

MPhil Joint Report Form
Join report form for MPhil candidates only.

DDent Joint Report Form
Joint report form for DDent candidates only.

DCCS Joint Report Form
Joint report form for DCCS candidates only.

Certification of Completion of Minor Amendments
To be completed upon satisfactory completion of minor amendments.

Expenses and Fees

Expenses Claim form and Guidance Notes for non-UCL Examiners
Guidance on standard expenses payments for non-UCL examiners and appended claim form to be submitted with full receipts.

Overseas Examiner Personal Details Form
Guidance on standard expenses payments for overseas examiners and appended claim form to be submitted with full receipts.

Information on the Payment of Fees
Invoice guidance notes for research examiners external to UCL.

General Information for Examiners

Guidance on Viva Examinations for Research Degrees
Advice for students and examiners on the Viva Examination process.


Page editors: Stephen Kenny (s.kenny@ucl.ac.uk); Helen Notter (h.notter@ucl.ac.uk); Nisha Hirani (nisha.hirani@ucl.ac.uk)