Depending on your course, you may be permitted extra time to write up your thesis after ending your formal enrolment at the University.
Your continuation period begins at the end of your normal registration period. You are not formally enrolled at the University during this time. However, you will retain access to the Library and IT facilities. You may only access departmental facilities with the written permission of the Chair of the departmental Graduate School Board.
The normal and maximum periods of study for full-time research programmes are as follows:
|Degree||Normal registration period||Maximum continuation period|
|PhD standard course||3 years||6 years||1 year|
|PhD extended course||4 years||8 years||n/a|
|EngD||4 years||no PT option||1 year|
|MPhil||2 years||4 years||1 year|
|MA/MSc by research||1 year||2 years||3 months|
No continuation fees have been charged since 1 January 2020 and we guarantee none will be charged between 1 January 2020 and 31 October 2020.
PhD, MPhil and EngD students will be liable to pay a continuation fee.
MA/MSc by research students are not charged a continuation fee.
If you have not submitted your thesis by the end of your normal registration period, the Fees Office will send you an invoice for a continuation fee. You should pay this fee within two weeks of receiving the invoice.
In exceptional circumstances,you may extend your deadline beyond your initial continuation year. In this instance, you will be charged a second continuation fee.
Continuation fees for PhD students with extended scholarships
You are personally liable for any continuation fees, regardless of your funding status. Extended scholarships (normally 3.5 years or longer) do not cover continuation fees, although they do continue to pay a stipend beyond your normal registration period.
The continuation fee will be refunded if you submit your thesis within three months of the end of your normal registration period. To request a refund, please complete the refund request form and submit it with your thesis.
Please note, fees paid for further extension periods are not refundable.
The continuation fee covers access to computing and library borrowing facilities. Access to inter-library loan facilities will be by separate payment to the Library.
Where a further extension to your deadline is approved, access to computing and library facilities will be provided for the period of the extension.
Access to computing and library facilities will end after you have submitted your thesis for examination.
Full-time PhD students entering a continuation year can, under certain circumstances, claim exemption from Council Tax.
You must complete the Council Tax Exemption Declaration form available in e:Vision. You will need your supervisor to confirm that:
Your supervisor should email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-time students are not automatically exempt from Council Tax, either during or after their period of part-time registration.