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Academic Registry and Council Secretariat

Information for Research Degree Students

The Research Degrees Office can assist online and by email from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.  

Please go to the Research Degrees Bookings page to make an appointment for a Microsoft Teams call or email your question to 

If an ID card is required for essential access to Queen Mary buildings, e.g. you have permission to use laboratories or other research facilities and require an ID card for access, please email to request an ID card and to make arrangements for collection. 

If you are not currently based on campus for your studies you do not need an ID card to access online resources or to take online exams. When the current restrictions change, we will update the information on this page regarding ID cards. 

Our webpages provide lots of information about research degrees processes. 
Please also see the FAQs for research students and staff working with you relating to the Covid-19 situation at the Doctoral College site

This page contains essential information on our services and research degree procedures for research degree students. You should read the forms in conjunction with the Academic Regulations and the Research Degrees Code of Practice [PDF 256KB]. The requirements for research degrees (MPhil, PhD, MD(Res), DrPS and DClinDent) are set out in Appendix 1 of the Academic Regulations. 

All students studying for research degrees are automatically enrolled in the Doctoral College. Please refer to the webpages of the Doctoral College to learn more about the support offered to research degree students by the Researcher Development Team, Careers & EnterpriseLibrary and Students' Union.
You can also find out more about funding opportunities.

Continuing students must re-enrol at the beginning of each new academic year. If you have submitted your thesis and/or are making your corrections you are still a student and must be fully enrolled so that we can award you.

Visit the Research Degrees Office or contact a member of staff

Applying for Research Degrees



Request a letter to confirm your student status

Request a replacement ID card (online payment)

Seek ethical approval for your research (for all research involving human participants)

Transfer from MPhil to PhD/MD(Res) (for students who registered before 1st September 2010 only)

Progression (for students who registered after 1st September 2010 only)

Transfer between full-time and part-time status

Request permission to interrupt your studies

Request permission to transfer to writing up status


For Tier 4 students only: request a CAS to extend your student visa using MySIS (log-in required)

Nomination of examiners and examination entry

Thesis submission and the viva


After the viva: award and graduation

Withdraw from Queen Mary

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