If your research progress is, or will be, significantly disrupted due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and you are unable to meet a deadline for a milestone assessment (RDC1 or RDC2), you have two options:
- If your research has been disrupted by illness (your own, a member of your family, your supervisors), you may apply for extenuating circumstances. This is to take account of personal circumstances beyond your control.
- If your research has been disrupted because you have been unable to undertake planned elements of your project, then your Director of Studies can apply for an extension for methodological reasons.
Both processes are described in the Research Degrees Handbook
. It may also be possible to apply, alternatively, for an interruption or period of absence (see below) or a renewal of an extension to a milestone deadline if necessary via the Doctoral College.
If you are unable to meet the deadline for your thesis (due on or before 1 August 2021) as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak:
You may apply for an extension to your current deadline of up to four months on GradBook without being charged extension fees for this additional period. We will exceptionally allow the total interruption and extension period for an individual student to be higher than 24 months under these circumstances.
Please note that you should not apply for an extension until at least 4 months prior to your thesis submission deadline.
If you wish to apply for an extension longer than 4 months without incurring extension fees, we will consider this on a case-by-case basis. We will be announcing an application process as soon as possible. In the meantime, please keep clear records of how, when and why your research has been disrupted. Disruptions should be discussed with your supervisors at the earliest opportunity and documented on your GradBook page, to enable and facilitate this process.
Please note that it may be more appropriate to apply for an interruption instead (please see below).
If your deadline is within a taught module, please see below.