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Submission deadlines for research students


The Research Degree regulations set out the submission deadlines for postgraduate research students who started after 2006.


Thesis submission deadlines

  PhD  MPhil Masters by Research  Doctorate of Medicine (Research)
Full-time 4 years
(3 years + 1 writing up year)
3 years
(2 years + 1 writing up year)

1 year

3 years

Part-time 8 years
(6 years + 2 writing up years)
6 years
(4 years + 2 writing up years)
2 years 6 years


How do I calculate my thesis submission deadline?

Your thesis submission deadline is calculated from the start date on your student record. It is therefore very important that this start date is recorded correctly. 

If you are not sure what your official start date or your submission deadline is, please contact for clarification.

If your official start date is incorrect, make sure you submit a Change of start date form within the first 6 months of your study.  If you are sponsored on a Tier 4 visa, however, you are not permitted to change your official start date once you have arrived in the UK.


What can affect my thesis submission deadline?

Your thesis submission deadline will be affected if you: 

In all cases, the relevant paperwork must be submitted so that your student record can be updated officially.  The Research Degrees team will inform you of your new submission deadline once they have processed your change in registration.


What happens if I miss my submission deadline?

According to the Research Degree regulations, your registration with the College may be terminated if you miss the deadline.

If there are extenuating circumstances which make it unlikely that you will be able to meet your deadline, it is essential that you raise this with your supervisor / supervisory team as soon as possible.


Are there other deadlines I should be aware of?

  • Upgrade:  You must complete your first attempt at upgrade from MPhil to PhD within 20 months full-time (or part-time equivalent.  If you fail this firfst attempt, your second and final attempt must be within 24 months full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Early submission:  If you are on a PhD, MPhil or Doctorate of Medicine (Research) programme, you are not permitted to submit your thesis until you have been registered at Royal Holloway for a  minimum of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent).
  • Exam entry:  It is recommended that you submit your exam entry form to two months prior to the submission of your thesis.  This allows time for your examiners to to be appointed and invited before you submit.