Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
The Graduate Education Office manages the Quality Assurance for all Postgraduate Research Degrees in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and supports Schools and their students through the degree. The Project Officer for Graduate Education is Lee Wilkinson. Lee is based in Room C4 in the Sackville Building and can be contacted on +44 (0)161 306 8990.
Presented below are links to the current University of Manchester Ordinances and Regulations, Codes of Practice; as well as procedures, relevant forms and Graduate Education Office points of contact for advice.
Forms for download
- Form 1 (Initial Research Project Planning): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 2 (Initial Personal and Professional Development Plan): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 3 (Quarterly Research and Personal Development Progress): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 4 (First Year Research Progression Advice): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 5 (First Year PhD Progression Decision): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 6 (End Of Second Year PhD Progression): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 7 (Thesis Submission Pending Application): MS Word or .pdf
- Form 8 (Quarterly Thesis Writing Progress): MS Word or .pdf
Policy for split-site Ph.D
- The University Manchester has a provision for split-site study
- The definition of a split-site PhD is a three year programme where a student is based at another instituion or organisation but is registered as a University of Manchester student
- Applications for split-site arrangements are to be made to the Faculty's Postgraduate Degrees Panel for approval before the student registers
- The faculty has provided a check list of criteria that must be signed off and be presented to the Panel
- The check list should be sent to the Graduate Education Office, Room C4, Sackville Building
- For fees details please refer to the University of Manchester Tuition Fees booklet or webpage
- For further advice please contact the Graduate Education Office or telephone (0161 30) 69191
- Policy for Split-Site Ph.D
- Guidelines, application process and forms for Split-Site postgraduate research degrees (.pdf)
- Guidelines, application process and forms for Split-Site postgraduate research degrees PGR split-site PhD.doc(.doc)
Interruption of study
- If a student requires a suspension of studies and has exceptional circumstances as stated in the University of Manchester's Policy for Interruptions, Extensions and Withdrawals/Terminations for Postgradudate Research Degrees then an application for an Interruption can be made to the faculty.
- The Interruption of Studies form can be downloaded as a .pdf or MS Word doc.
Submission of theses
- The submission of a PhD thesis is normally expected by the end of the third year of Prescribed Period of Programme.
- The candidate should submit a Notice of Submission form at least one month prior to the actual submission and no earlier than three months before.This should then be presented to the Graduate Education Office (Room C4, Sackville Building)
- The candidate should consult the Guidance for the Presentation of Theses
- 2 soft-bound copies of the thesis as instructed in the Guidance should be presented to the Graduate School
- Accompanying the thesis should be a loose copy of the abstract, and, if required, a library restriction form
Permission to extend the thesis submission deadline
- If the student is unable to submit their thesis within the regulated timespan and has exceptional circumstances as stated in the University of Manchester's Policy for Interruptions, Extensions and Withdrawals/Terminations for Postgradudate Research Degrees then an application for an Extension to Submission Pending can be made to the faculty
- The Extension to Submission Pending form can be downloaded as a .pdf or MS Word doc.
- The form needs to be submitted via the school's Postgraduate Administrator to the Faculty's Graduate Education Office
- The application is then presented to the Faculty's Postgraduate Research degrees Panel who meet on a monthly basis and assess the application
- The outcome is then communicated formally by post to the student and their registration record is update
- Extension to thesis submission deadline form (MS Word)
For advice contact the Graduate Education Office on (0161) 306 9191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ordinances and Regulations: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Notice of Submission Form (MS Word.version)
- Notice of Submission (.pdf version)
- Guidance for the Presentation of Theses (pdf.version)
- Abstract template (MS.Word)