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Chapter 5: Research Degrees Framework

Chapter 5 is UCL’s regulatory framework for the assessment and examination of Postgraduate Research students at UCL.

Chapter 5 contents:


Academic Regulations 2018-19

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Part A:
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Covering MPhil/ PhD, EngD, MD(Res) and MRes programmes.                                                       

Part B:
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Covering DClinPsy, DDent, DEdPsy (Brain Sciences), DOrth and DPsychotherapy programmes.    

Part C:
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Regulations for EngD students which are in addition to those in Part A.                                            


Part D:
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Regulations for DPA students.                                                                                                                                               

Part E:
Chapter 5E

Covering DEdPsy (Professional Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology) students at the Institute of Education.    

Part F:
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 Covering EdD students at the Institute of Education.                                                                                                          


Part G:
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Regulations for MPhil/ PhD candidates at the Institute of Education who first joined UCL before September 2015.                                       

Part H:
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Regulations for MRes students which are in addition to the Taught Programmes Regulations, and the Supervision regulations in Part A.    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Information for Supervisors

Supervisor Guidance


Monitoring the Supervision of Research Students (to follow)

Supervising Visiting Research Students (to follow)


Examiner Nominations


Thesis Submission

This is for the supervisor to use to report where they have not reviewed the viva copy of the thesis.


Suspension of Regulations Request Form

This form is to request a suspension of regulations for the following: 

  • Permission to submit thesis in a non-standard format
  • Hold viva by video conferencing
  • Hold the viva overseas or outside London
  • Permission for delayed submission as a non-registered student
  • Extension to minor corrections and submission in a revised for

Please ensure you read the guidance notes attached to the form before completing it.

If the reason for the suspension of regulations is not listed above, please send a detailed email explaining your request to Research Degrees (researchdegrees@ucl.ac.uk).


Forms for Professional Doctorate Supervisors

For candidates on DClinPsy, DEdPsy (Brain Sciences), and DOrth programmes:


Information for Examiners

Guidance on Viva Examinations

Advice for examiners on the Oral Examination process.


Report Forms for Research Degree Examiners

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. 


Joint Report Forms

Joint report form for PhD candidates only. 

Joint report form for DCCS candidates only.

Joint report form for DDent candidates only.

Joint report form for DEdPsy candidates under Institute of Education regulations only.

Joint report form for DPsych candidates only.

Joint report form for EdD candidates under Institute of Education regulations only.

Joint report form for EngD candidates only. 

Joint report form for MD(Res) candidates only.

Joint report form for MPhil candidates only. 


Joint Report Forms for IOE students starting before September 2015

Joint report form for IoE MPhil candidates who started their programmes before September 2015.

Joint report form for IoE PhD candidates who started their programmes before September 2015. 


Completion of Minor Amendments Form

To be completed upon satisfactory completion of minor amendments.  


Report Forms for Professional Doctorate External Examiners
For candidates on DClinPsy, DEdPsy (Brain Sciences), DOrth and DPsychotherapy programmes:

This form is for reporting on the examination of practicum experience for professional doctorates.

Summary report form for examination of the research thesis of professional doctorate candidates.


Expenses and Fees for Research Degree Examiners

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

Please complete and return this form in advance of the viva. 

Invoice guidance notes for research examiners external to UCL.