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Extensions

I am struggling to complete my research within the prescribed time limit. Can I get an extension?

An extension of the period within which a thesis/dissertation can be presented must be obtained by application to the Dean of Graduate Studies by your Supervisor and must have a strong recommendation from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate).

If you are incapacitated by illness, or other grave cause and unable to undertake your agreed research programme you must inform your Supervisor as soon as is practicable. If, following consultation with your supervisor, the illness is deemed to be of significant severity or duration to impede your progress, medical certificates must be supplied by your Supervisor to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Requests for extensions of this type must be made before the period on the higher degrees register has expired.

In special circumstances, such as prolonged illness or absence from the country for particular reasons, a student may be allowed ‘off-books’ for one year. Applications must be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies by your Supervisor and must be have a strong recommendation from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate).

Can the Postgraduate Advisory Service organize an extension on my behalf?

No. You must contact the appropriate individual (either your Supervisor, Course Coordinator/Director) who will make an application to the Dean of Graduate Studies on your behalf.

What is Dean’s Grace?

‘Dean’s Grace’ is an extension period of one month only (free of fees) to submit a thesis/dissertation. Applications must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies by your Supervisor and/or Course Coordinator. This must be done prior to the deadline of your annual registration.

 


Last updated 3 September 2015 pgsupp@tcd.ie (Email).