Earlier in the year, we extended the thesis submission deadline for all students (who enrolled prior to 1 April 2020) by 3 months. There are currently no plans to issue a further blanket submission deadline extension. Students who need additional time to submit should request this via the exemption process with guidance from their faculty. Such requests are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
I am a funded student. What is the impact of the KCL submission deadline extension on me?
As a funded student (e.g. those on UKRI programmes) you should follow the terms and conditions of your funding body and seek advice from your supervisor and the relevant programme manager.
This extension does not guarantee additional stipend payments. It is just an extension of the submission deadline.
Please see further information in the funding section below.
When do I need to submit my RD1 form if my expected submission deadline has changed?
The RD1 form should be submitted a minimum of four months before your intended submission date. Download the RD1 form.
I have already missed my submission deadline. Will I receive an extension automatically?
If you have missed your expected submission deadline and are still hoping to submit your thesis, please apply for an exemption to permit a late submission.
I am already in the process of completing my thesis corrections. Will I receive an extension?
If you are in the process of completing your thesis corrections you will not receive an automatic extension. Submitting corrections is a critical point involving a number of individuals such as external examiners. Students are therefore encouraged to complete and submit corrections within their current deadline if at all possible. However, if you absolutely cannot complete your corrections due to COVID19, please apply for an exemption. Upon approval, the research degrees team will communicate this decision to your examiners.
I am a visiting research student. Will my visit get extended automatically by three months?
We are not automatically extending such visits.
Does the three month extension affect upgrade deadlines?
No, it doesn't. The vast majority of PGRs successfully complete the upgrade process well within the timeframe of 9-18 months, as set out in the academic regulations. We have therefore decided that there is no need to institute a blanket extension to the upgrade process at this point.
I am an international student. Do I need to extend my visa because of this extension?
Please get in touch with the Student Advice & Guidance Team for help and support.
Do I have to use the additional three months granted by the university?
No. For example, if you are a full-time PGR student, you can still submit your thesis within four years. The extra three months, which extends your deadline to four years and three months, just gives you more time if you require it.
Will I have to pay extra fees for this three-month period?
No extra fees will be applied.