The Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, regulation 4 outlines the minimum, normal and maximum periods of study for a student completing a RDP. These periods exclude approved temporary withdrawal periods, in line with regulation 5.
In exceptional circumstances, students/Schools may request a concession to the regulations to seek an extended period of temporary withdrawal, or an extended registration period and thesis submission date by completing the appropriate Research Degree Programmes Exception Request form as linked below:
This document describes current practice for handling RDP Exception Requests.
The University’s Policy on Holidays and Other Absences for Postgraduate Research Students provides guidelines for staff and students registered on RDPs. Funded students should also refer to their funder’s terms and conditions (or contact the Postgraduate Awards Team, firstname.lastname@example.org) for any implications to their funding arrangements. International students should contact International Student Support to determine any implications for their visa.
All holidays should be agreed with the principal supervisor/School in advance. Full-time, registered students are entitled to take up to 40 days of annual leave, including public holidays and University closure days, each year (or pro rata for part-time, registered students). Holidays for incomplete years may be allowed pro rata.
The Student Maternity, Maternity Support and Adoption Policy provides advice and guidance on issues related to study, health and safety, and finance to:
Regulations for Students, regulations 5.11. and 5.12 outline the procedure for notifying and certifying periods of absence due to illness. Students should apply to their School for a period of temporary withdrawal (see Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, regulation 5) when the absence will exceed four weeks.
In general, students are expected to complete their RDP in a single continuous period. The suspension of studies (temporary withdrawal) will only be considered in exceptional circumstances, such as:
Suspensions will not normally be granted for the following reasons:
The Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, regulation 5 outlines the procedure for considering periods of temporary withdrawal. Students should discuss a request for a period of temporary withdrawal with their principal supervisor/School in advance of the period of withdrawal requested.
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