Code of Practice on Research Students
The University's Code of Practice on Research Students outlines a minimum set of requirements for all parties involved in the awarding of doctoral degrees.
Download the Code of Practice on Research Students (PDF, 0.4 MB)
Monitoring and assessment templates
We have a number of University templates for students, supervisors and assessors that facilitate the process of monitoring the progress of students on research degrees.
- Learning needs analysis (Word document, 0.02 MB)
- Annual review of progress (student/supervisor template) (Word document, 0.02 MB)
- Annual review of progress (assessor template) (Word document, 0.02 MB)
- onfirmation of registration (student/supervisor template) (Word document, 0.02 MB)
- Confirmation of registration (assessor template) (Word document, 0.02 MB)
- Research student evaluation of supervisory arrangements (standard form) (Word document, 0.02 MB)
All our PhD programmes have a programme specification which outlines details about what your studies will entail.
Read more about programme specifications
Submitting your thesis
Find out more about the process of submitting your thesis if you are studying for a PhD, MPhil, or LLM. We also have specific guidance for submitting your doctoral thesis electronically.
Thesis sumission and examination
Electronic deposition of doctoral theses
Guides for students
The Graduate School has created guides specifically aimed at doctoral students to accompany some of the University's formal policies.
We provide detailed guidance for all doctoral students who need a visa to enter the UK and study at the University.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for doctoral students
If you are doing research or fieldwork involving young people or vulnerable adults, you may require a DBS check.
DBS checks for research and fieldwork
Research councils' open access and research data policies
If you are a doctoral researcher funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), you need to be aware of the UKRI open access and research data policies.
How to comply with research councils' open access and research data policies
Researchfish is the system that UK research councils use to gather feedback from all research council-funded researchers – including doctoral researchers – about the outcomes from their research work.
Find out more about submitting feedback to Researchfish
All research raises ethical issues. Some research cannot be carried out by members of this University without the approval of the Research Ethics Committee.
Ethics guidance on the University's research and enterprise website
Research students are expected to uphold the University's expected standards on academic integrity and academic misconduct (PDF, 0.2 MB).
University of Reading statement on academic misconduct
Procedures for appeals against confirmation of registration decisions
The procedures for appeals by doctoral students against confirmation of registration decisions document sets out these procedures when made by Schools, which are applicable in cases where the decision is to alter the registration status from PhD to MPhil.
Please note that the procedures do not apply in cases where the recommendation of the "confirmation of registration" process is that a student's registration be terminated.
Download the procedures for appeals by doctoral students against confirmation of registration decisions document (PDF, 0.2 MB)
Procedures for appeals against termination of registration resulting from non-submission of a thesis by the maximum registration date
The purpose of this document is to outline the appropriate procedures to be followed in the event that a research student does not submit their thesis by their Maximum Registration Date. The policy and procedures set in the document apply specifically to PhD and MPhil students. They also normally apply in cases where the research element of a Professional Doctorate programme has not been submitted by the Maximum Registration Date.
Download the procedure for appeals against registration resulting from non-submission of a thesis by the maximum registration date document (PDF, 0.09 MB)