Current ProfD Students

During your Professional Doctorate programme you will be required to register your research proposal with the Higher Degrees Committee (HDC) and notify the HDC of other changes that affect your registration. The Graduate School office provides the administration for the key stages in the process, as summarised below. It is the Director of Studies' responsibility to ensure that all higher degrees forms are submitted within the deadlines.

Below you will find the RDC forms required to register or make changes to your registration. If you are looking for a form which is not available below please contact us.

RDC1 stage - registering with the Higher Degrees Committee

Registration of the Research Programme of Study Form and Guidelines

Professional Doctoral candidates should submit their proposal within one month following confirmation of progression to stage 2 of their programme. Registering your proposal involves the preparation of a one page summary of your area of study indicating: the topic area, outline of the research design and methods; the intended contribution to knowledge and a copy of your Personal Development Plan (PDP/R). A checklist now forms part of the RDC 1 form. Forms should be completed in conjunction with your supervisors and submitted to the School Research Administrator.


RDC3s Suspension of Studies

Suspension of study time: if the student and Director of Studies are in agreement, suspending registration involves submitting the RDC3s form to the HDC via the School Assistant Director of Research. The period of suspension, if approved, will be deducted from the time allowed for completion of the thesis. Suspensions are for a fixed period of time (normally no longer than 1 year). Fees are not applied during periods of suspension, but you may not, if you are a funded student, be paid any studentship during this period.


RDC3e Extension of Studies

Extension of study time: this is required where students are unable to submit their thesis before the maximum time limit (6 years part time for Prof D). Application for extension is made through your Director of Studies to the School Associate Dean of Research for submission to the HDC.


RDC4 - Change in Supervisory Team

The RDC4 form is completed for approval of any formal changes in the supervisor team eg. if a member of academic staff leaves the university and a new supervisor is added to the team.


RDC5 Application for Viva Examination

Application for Examination

This RDC5 form is completed by the Director of Studies, and includes details of proposed examiners and chair for the viva exam, for approval by HDC. Students have no involvement in in the appointment of examiners or exam arrangements, other than setting a suitable date.



RDC7 Withdrawal from Programme of Study

Withdrawal from Programme

The RDC7 form is completed by the Director of Studies, the School Associate Dean of Research (ADR) and Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT). Guidance notes are provided on page 3 of the form below:



RDC8 Submission of Doctoral Thesis

Thesis Submission

When a student has agreed with their Director of Studies that their thesis is ready to submit for examination, the candidate declaration form (RDC8) is completed by the student, Director of Studies and School Postgraduate Research Tutor and should returned to the Graduate School office for approval by HDC.

RDC8 Candidate Declaration form