Award process


Once your examiners have confirmed that your thesis meets the requirements of the PhD/MPhil degree, your award will be sent to the Director of PGR Education for your School. If your supervisor or one of the examiners is the Director of PGR Education then the award will be sent to the Head of School.


How long does the award process take?

This process usually takes around 2-3 weeks, though this is dependent on how quickly the Director of PGR Education responds.


How is my award date calculated?

Your award date will be the 1st of the month following the approval of your award.


When will my award be processed?

Your award will be processed within 3-5 working days after the Doctoral School have received approval of your award and your finalised thesis has been submitted.

You must be registered as a current student in order to be awarded so please ensure that you are signed up for the current academic year on Campus Connect.


What documents will I receive?

You will be sent your award letter and examiner reports by email. This letter can be used as proof that you have been awarded your PhD/MPhil before you receive your degree certificate and will confirm the award date and the title of your thesis.


I require further documentation. How should I request this?

If you require further documentation after being awarded, please visit the Royal Holloway online store.  

The PhD and MPhil are awarded on a pass / fail basis i.e. there is no classification.  As there are no taught components on these programmes, we are unable to provide a transcript of  results.


What happens next?



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