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Term date exceptions

Students on full-time taught master's degrees (including MRes) and some Postgraduate Diplomas are required to study for a full calendar year. These students are expected to study beyond the end of the summer term to complete their dissertation in time for submission at the end of September.

Research students are required to be in continued attendance throughout the year, except during the Christmas and Easter closing periods. Research students can work full-time after completing their PhD while their Student visa is valid. Completing the PhD means that you have done all of the following:

  • submitted your thesis
  • completed your viva examination
  • completed and submitted a revised version of your thesis if this was required after the viva, to the satisfaction of your examiners
  • received a confirmation of award from Birkbeck Graduate Research School (BGRS).

Students who hold a Student/Tier 4 visa will be restricted to the maximum working hours per week stated in their visa during their studies.