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Student Policies and Regulations

Research Degree Regulations

These regulations are the definitive statement on the regulatory framework governing Research Degrees at The Open University.

The Research Degree Regulations apply to all students registered on one of the following Research Degree Programmes:

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Professional Doctorates
  • Doctor of Philosophy by Published Work
  • Higher Doctorate

We are currently in the process of correcting a truncated clause on page 10 of this document which should state: “Informal advice on the interpretation of these regulations and associated policy by any person, committee or group other than the Graduate School Director or the Research Degrees Committee shall have no formal binding authority".

Note: Visit The Graduate School Network (GSN) to see all forms and guidance for research students, covering all stages of your registration from induction through to graduation.

Policy Document

For more information about changes to policy, terms and conditions, and curriculum visit the change log.