Students who receive financial sponsorship, e.g. from an overseas government or a Research Council, should be aware that any changes to their student status will need to be notified to their sponsors and may require their sponsor’s approval before being considered by your College. This includes requests for the following: Interruptions, extensions, change of mode of attendance, changes in supervisors or research topics, withdrawals. Students should be aware that this may delay the consideration of their request, which should be submitted in good time.
Further information can be found on: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/students/finance/studentfees/sponsoredstudents/
Detailed information can be found in our Teaching Quality Assurance Manual Chapter 5 - Periods of registration and changes to registration status for graduate research students.
The Statement of Procedures on transferring from full-time to part-time status or part-time to full-time status is accessible from the link below:
An interruption of your studies means a complete cessation of academic work for a specified period. Interruptions are permitted when you are experiencing severe personal or other difficulties which make it impossible for you to continue with your research.
The University's Statement of Procedures on interruption is accessible from the link below:
If you are funded by a Research Council, you should be aware that the approval of the Research Council should be sought before seeking the approval of the University.
ESRC: Please note that suspensions can only be considered during the funded period of the studentship. Please contact your College PGR Administrator for advice and more information and refer to the Guidance and information for ESRC-funded students. NOTE: If a student interrupts their registration after their ESRC funding has finished a suspension cannot be considered. In those instances, the DTC must submit a submission date extension request to ESRC for approval.
Extensions to the maximum period of study are only granted in exceptional circumstances and must be approved by the Dean of Research in your College. If you wish to apply for an extension you may do so by completing the Postgraduate Research Students Extension form. You are required to submit an outline of work completed and a work-plan and schedule for completion of the remaining parts. If your request is approved your College will write to you to confirm the new submission deadline for your thesis/dissertation.
AHRC and ESRC students who require an extension to their submission date must submit the extension form to the Doctoral Partnerships Team three months before the submission deadline date, which will then be forwarded to the AHRC or ESRC for approval
For BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC please refer to specific Terms and Conditions
For international students, an extension to the length of programme will in most cases require the student to extend their visa. In all cases the student should make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor for the correct procedures to follow.
The University has a Statement of Procedures on periods of study permitted for research degrees which also covers the process for permitting extensions. This is accessible from the link below.
The University's Statement of Procedures on the withdrawal of students may be found by accessing the link below:
The University's Statement of Procedures on Reinstatement may be found by accessing the link below: