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Research Degree Programmes

This Queen’s Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (RDPs) applies to all the RDPs (including the research elements of Professional Doctorates) and has been updated with full cognisance of the UK Quality Code (May 2018).  The Code of Practice for RDPs‌ has been written for students, staff, examiners, and other stakeholders.  It provides links to the Study Regulations for Research Degree Programmes, and outlines University procedures, processes and areas of good practice‌.

Download a printable version of the Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (PDF).

Important Update: COVID-19

Please refer to the University's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Student FAQs for the latest information on the actions the University is taking in relation to students on research degree programmes.

All staff and students are asked to regularly review the FAQs provided as these are updated on an ongoing basis.



Research Environment

Selection & Admission



Periods of Study, Holidays and Other Absences

Progress Monitoring and Annual Progress Review

Skills Development

Continuous Action for Programme Enhancement


Research Student Complaints and Appeals

Useful Contacts

Higher Doctorates

The Higher Doctorates page outlines the Higher Doctorates awarded by Queen’s, as well as admissions information, and a link to the Study Regulations for Higher Doctorates.

Key Contacts

For further advice on the Regulations, Code of Practice or other quality assurance issues relating to Research Degree Programmes, contact the Quality Assurance and Regulations Team (

Code of Practice for RDPs
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