Advice for postgraduate research students (PGRs)
In line with step 4 of the UK government's roadmap, many coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on the approach to teaching, learning and research have been lifted. However we know issues relating to COVID-19 may still be having an impact on how you can carry out research and progress with your research degree. This page addresses specific factors that may be specifically affecting postgraduate research students.
Academic progress and support
I am concerned about the impact on my academic progress
We recommend you discuss any issues having an impact on your research (related to COVID-19 or otherwise) with your supervisor as soon as they arise, record any such barriers to your work and be prepared to make adjustments or changes to research plans. Your supervisor will be able to help you consider appropriate mitigations and changes to allow you to continue your research.
In a limited number of cases, mitigation may not be possible and this may affect your overall progress towards submission. In such circumstances School PGR Directors/Officers or Faculty PGR Directors (FPGRDs) will be ready to discuss extensions to the period of study if necessary, on a case by case basis. The final decision continues to rest with the FPGRD.
Check the section on COVID-19 mitigation statements for additional information.
Fees and COVID-19 related extensions
If you are in receipt of a COVID-19 related extension that takes you beyond the three-year minimum for fees, you will not be charged any additional tuition fee. Note that the University may continue to charge external funders for tuition fees, where a doctoral programme has been set up with a longer duration, or where tuition fees are offered for COVID-19 related extensions.
Can I travel to undertake field research?
There are no restrictions on domestic travel for research. For research that involves international travel please refer to the Global Travel Approval process. Please consult with your supervisor and/or School/PGR Director if you have any travel plans relating to your research that will be impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.
Submitting your thesis
COVID-19 mitigation statement for thesis submission
If you're planning to submit your thesis, you have the option to include a statement on the impact that COVID-19 has had on your research — and the steps you've taken to adjust. To read the full details of the new policy, visit the Annex 17 – COVID-19 statements page.