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Academic changes - postgraduate research

During your time at the University you may, for academic or personal reasons, wish to request a change to your studies. It is important to note that such changes may have a significant impact on other areas of wider university life, including but not limited to, your student status, funding arrangements, tuition and accommodation liability, and your immigration status if you are an international student.

The following page directs you to important information to help ensure that any change you request goes smoothly.  If you require further advice, please contact the Registry Officer (Research Student Support).  Also, you are always welcome to contact the PGR Pro Dean.

Leave of Absence: A leave of absence is a temporary withdrawal from the University on medical or personal grounds

Extension of Time Limit: If a thesis is not submitted within the time-limit, in exceptional circumstances, an extension may be granted by the Pro Dean

Withdrawal from Studies: Is an officially approved permanent withdrawal from studying at St Andrews

Change in Mode of Attendance: It may be possible to change your mode of attendance from full-time to part-time or vice versa

Change in Degree Registration: It may be possible to change your degree course during your studies, depending on the programme requirements of the degree for which you wish to study

Fieldwork: Is defined as research activity undertaken by a matriculated postgraduate research student in the course of their study for a Degree, which takes place outside the control and infrastructure of the University and similar institutions such as libraries, archives and laboratories, and necessitates a change in location of study outside the student’s normal term-time address. 

Thesis Submission

In order to complete your PhD you will be required to submit your thesis to the Academic Registry.

Graduation

Students who have completed their degree course may be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony in which their degree award is officially conferred.

Failure to Register

If you do not matriculate on time and fail to register within the timescales and conditions set out under the Failure to Register policy, your studies may be terminated.

Things to consider

Further guidance

Termination of Studies

A student's studies may be terminated on academic or non-academic grounds such as when they fail to meet the requirements set out in the Postgraduate Senate Regulations.

Things to consider

Further guidance

  • Termination of Research Postgraduate Studies
  • Possible Exit Awards - Research Postgraduates

Academic changes - postgraduate research

During your time at the University you may, for academic or personal reasons, wish to request a change to your studies. It is important to note that such changes may have a significant impact on other areas of wider university life, including but not limited to, your student status, funding arrangements, tuition and accommodation liability, and your immigration status if you are an international student.

The following page directs you to important information to help ensure that any change you request goes smoothly.

Changes to your degree intention

Change of course

It may be possible to change your degree course during your studies, depending on the programme requirements for the degree you wish to study.

Things to consider

  • Changing Degree Course - Taught
  • Changing Degree Course - Research
  • Tuition Fees
  • Tier 4 Visa Information

Failure to progress to dissertation

If you do not meet the requirements for progression to dissertation then there may be other degree options available to you.

Things to consider

  • Progression Requirements
  • Tier 4 Visa information
  • Possible Exit Awards - Taught Postgraduates

Further guidance

Leave of absence

A Leave of Absence is a temporary withdrawal from your studies on medical or personal grounds. You will need to have this approved by a designated University Officer (e.g the postgraduate Pro Dean)

Things to consider

Further guidance

Fieldwork

Fieldwork is defined as study primarily conducted for the purpose of gathering data in a place outside St Andrews for a period of not less than three months, where no other arrangement or collaborative agreement is in place, where at least 75% of the time is spent outside St Andrews, and when the research could only be conducted outside St Andrews. Examples of such fieldwork include archaeological excavations/surveys, the gathering of ethnographic data, visits to sites of geological importance. You must obtain prior approval from the postgraduate Pro Dean before any period of your research maybe classified as fieldwork.

Things to consider

Further guidance

  • Fieldwork Policy

Extension of your studies

If a thesis is not submitted within the time-limit, in exceptional circumstances, an extension may be granted by the Pro Dean.

Things to consider

  • Extension of Time Limit Policy
  • Extension Fees (bottom of the page)
  • Tier 4 Visa Information

Thesis submission

In order to complete your PhD you will be required to submit your thesis to the academic registry.

Things to consider

  • Rules for Submission of Theses / Portfolios
  • Tuition Fees
  • Tier 4 Visa Information

Further guidance

Ending your studies

Graduation

Students who have completed their degree course may be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony in which their degree award is officially conferred.

Failure to Register

If you do not matriculate on time and fail to register within the timescales and conditions set out under the Failure to Register policy, your studies may be terminated.

Things to consider

Further guidance

Withdrawal/Transfer

Is an officially approved permanent withdrawal from studying at St Andrews possibly with the intention to transfer to another institution.

Things to consider

Further guidance

Termination of Studies

A student's studies may be terminated on academic or non-academic grounds such as when they fail to meet the requirements set out in the Postgraduate Senate Regulations.

Things to consider

Further guidance

  • Termination of Taught Postgraduate Studies
  • Termination of Research Postgraduate Studies
  • Possible Exit Awards - Taught Postgraduates
  • Possible Exit Awards - Research Postgraduates

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