Student Academic StandingThis page provides information and guidelines for academic staff overseeing postgraduate taught and research programmes - Course Directors / Course Co-Ordinators, Supervisors, Directors of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) who deal directly with queries from postgraduate students. The range of topics include changes to the student's registration status, including extensions to the thesis submission deadline and off-books requests.
PhD Extension RequestsThe maximum period before submission of a thesis for students on the full-time M.Litt. and M.Sc. (by research) registers and for those on the full-time Ph.D. register is two and four years respectively (three and six years respectively for students on the part-time register). An extension request must have a strong recommendation from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate).
Requests for extensions must be submitted before the period on the higher degrees register has expired.If the student is seeking an extension for medical or ad misericordiam reasons, the Supervisor should email their extension request to PG Cases Pgcases@tcd.ie forwarding any relevant supporting documentation, and copying the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies firstname.lastname@example.org. on their email.
Covid-19 Related Extension Requests
If the student's research has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, they may be eligible for a free of fees extension to the thesis submission deadline. Supervisors are asked to fill in the form below in support of the extension requests, which is then processed jointly by the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and PG Cases Pgcases@tcd.ie in Academic Registry.
Please note that the extensions based on the impact of Covid-19 will only be considered for students who are in the final year of their research programme.
Where an extension is requested on medical grounds, medical certificate(s) should be available as they may be requested as part of the conditions of approval.Supervisor’s Extension Form