Interruption of Studies
If a personal emergency or other circumstance arises that requires a student to take a break from their studies, an interruption of studies should be requested.
No fees are payable for such a period, during which a student's research registration is effectively suspended. This is not the same as study leave. Students can apply for Interruption of Studies using the Application for PGR interruption of studies [doc]. For further information on applying for an interruption of studies, please refer to the Guidelines for interruption of studies for research students
If you are an international student you will have to leave the UK for the period of your interruption (an exception to this would be if you had been declared unfit to travel). Please see Resit exams and interruption of studies [pdf] on how your visa may be affected by an interruption of studies.
For further information on requesting an interruption of studies on maternity, paternity or adoptive grounds, please also refer to the College Policy Statement on Students with children.
Interruption of Studies on Health Grounds
- Once you have been granted an Interruption of Studies, you will need to provide supporting evidence to your department about who has been treating you whilst on your Interruption of Studies
- You will also need to provide medical evidence to your department to show that you are fit to return to your studies. Please arrange to be seen by the College Health Centre to assess your fitness to return to your studies
- Your departmental Senior Tutor/Director of Postgraduate Studies should send a report to the College Health Centre that outlines the reasons for your Interruption of Studies
- Please check that your department has supplied this report before booking an appointment with the College Health Centre
- For some illnesses, the College Health Centre may also want to assess you, for comparative purposes, at the commencement of your Interruption of Studies
If you plan to carry out research away from College for a period of 2 weeks or more as part of your PhD student registration, your department can approve study leave using the External study leave form [doc] form (which is then submitted by your department to the Registry Records Team for recording). Study leave is normally pursued either as a placement under the supervision of a third party organisation (placements are managed by your department and are subject to College Placement Learning Policy, Good Practice under the College’s overall off-site working protocols) or fieldwork managed by your department under off-site working protocols. Contact your departmental postgraduate administrator for further guidance if you and your supervisor wish to have study leave considered.
External study leave form [doc] is also to be used by a department to record the location of split PhDs (on or around a student’s initial enrolment).
For further information on external study leave, please refer to the Guidelines for external study leave
If you will be carrying out research away from College and seperately to your registration, you can apply for Study Leave for this period using the Application for PGR interruption of studies [doc].
Change of Supervisor
Should a change of supervisor be required partway through your resrearch programme, your department will need to complete the Research degree registration amendment form [doc]. The completed form should be submitted to the Registry Student Records Team.
Transfer for admission
The College has made provision for students, in appropriate circumstances, to transfer their research degree registration from another university to Imperial.
Students accepted under these arrangements would be required to follow a course of study at one of Imperial College’s campuses of not less than 12 months full-time (or 24 months part-time).
Students who withdraw part way through a course are required to notify their department and the Registry, in writing, of their intention to do so.
Please consider speaking to a member of your department beforehand. Depending on the reason for your decision, there may be Departmental or College support systems in place, which can assist you.
Please see the Procedure for Leavers who withdraw [pdf] for more information.
Updating personal details
Updating your name or date of birth:
- If your name or date of birth is incorrect in College records, or if you change your name during your studies, please come to the Student Hub
- You will need official documentation showing your correct name/date of birth (e.g. passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, change of name deed)
- Your degree will be awarded in your name as shown in College records
- The original document is required (photocopies are not acceptable)
Updating your addresses:
- Please keep your Permanent Home, Term-Time and Emergency Contact addresses up to date via your Student e-Service account
- Please inform your Department of any new address
Late Case Requests
The late case request procedure is available to postgraduate research candidates in cases where mitigating circumstances have affected their progress towards their final submission deadline.
Please note that approval of a late case request applies only to the final submission deadline, and will not result in an extension to the candidate's registration period.
All late case requests are subject to departmental approval by the Director of Postgraduate Studies prior to submission to the Registry Research Degrees Team. Upon submission to Registry, the late case request will be submitted to a Special Case Panel for review and approval on behalf of the Postgraduate Research Quality Committee.
For further information on submitting a late case request, please consult the relevant departmental administrator in the first instance and the College's Late case request guidance.
All late case requests will be made using the appropriate Late case request form
For further information, please contact the Research Degrees Team.