Award and Graduation

There are two parts to the process for awarding a research degree:

  • "award" is where the University confirms that you have qualified for a degree
  • "graduation" is where the University confers that degree upon you at a graduation ceremony

Award

Research degrees are normally awarded on the first day of each month. A research degree can be awarded only if the Graduate School Office has received written confirmation from your examiners that you have successfully completed a viva voce examination and any subsequent amendments to your thesis.

You will receive a letter from the Graduate School Office which confirms the degree that you have been awarded. You can provide copies of this letter to your employer/sponsor as needed.

If you have not already done so, you must deposit the final version of your thesis within twenty-eight days of the date on which your research degree was awarded.

Graduation

The University holds graduation ceremonies twice each year in January and July. You will be invited to the first appropriate ceremony taking place following the award of your research degree:

  • research students who have completed successfully completed the viva voce examination and any subsequent thesis amendments will be invited to the January ceremonies if confirmation from their examiners is received by the Graduate School Office between July and mid-December
  • research students who have completed successfully completed the viva voce examination and any subsequent thesis amendments will be invited to the July ceremonies if confirmation from their examiners is received by the Graduate School Office between mid-December and the end of June

Unfortunately it is not possible to defer your attendance to a later ceremony.

Advice on how to book your place at the graduation ceremony will be sent to you by email. Advice will be sent from mid-November (January ceremonies) or from mid-April (July ceremonies). 

At the graduation ceremony you will receive your degree certificate. If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, your degree certificate will be posted to you within ten days of the ceremony taking place. Degree certificates can not be issued before the date of the graduation ceremony that you would have been due to attend.

Please note that the certificate will confirm the degree that you have been awarded - for example, Doctor of Philosophy - but will not include any information as to your specific area of research, the names of your supervisors, or the title of your thesis. Should you require documentary evidence of these things, you should request a letter from your School/Department that includes this information.

Further advice is available from the Graduation Website. All enquiries regarding graduation ceremonies should be sent to the University Registry - please email graduation@le.ac.uk

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