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Please consider the guidance below before requesting a transfer to writing-up status.

Transferring to writing up status is an academic progression point. In order to transfer to writing up status, you are required to have completed all the collection of data and other materials related to your thesis, to have passed your second year progression (or equivalent for part-time students) and, in the judgement of your supervisor, be in a position to submit the thesis within 12 months.

To transfer to writing up status, you must have completed the minimum registration period (2 years full-time, 4 years part-time) and not exceeded the maximum registration period (4 years full-time, 7 years part-time).

The maximum period for 'writing up' is one calendar year for both full-time and part-time students. In exceptional circumstances the writing up period may be extended.

If you enrolled before September 2010 (as MPhil) and intend to submit for a PhD, you will only be permitted to transfer to writing up status if your registration has been upgraded from MPhil.

Writing up status implies:

  • that you will in future make minimal use of departmental facilities, apart from regular contacts with your supervisor for the purposes of comment on draft chapters of the thesis;

  • that you will continue to keep a record of supervisions using the online Supervisions Log;
  • that you will continue to be subject to regular progress reviews by your department;

  • that you will not be liable for fees but will continue to re-enrol during the period of writing up and pay any fee applicable during this period. (Failure to re-enrol at the beginning of each academic year will result in deregistration);

  • that you will submit the thesis within an overall maximum period of registration of 4 calendar years (7 years part-time).

Writing up status counts as part of the overall period of registration and ends on the date of submission of the thesis. However, you must continue to re-enrol with QMUL until the Research Degrees Office has confirmed the award of your degree.

If you submit your thesis for examination and have not already transferred to ‘writing up’ status, your registration will be transferred to ‘writing up’ status with effect from the date of submission of your thesis.

The application form is available through your MySIS portal. You should allow up to one month for your application to be processed. When completing the application form you will need to indicate your anticipated date of thesis submission for examination. This should be at least one week, and ideally longer, before your official thesis submission deadline to allow for any unexpected delays.

Further guidance is available from the Research Degrees website.

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