Registration

Registration

Registration is a key activity in the student lifecycle.  Postgraduate research (PGR) students must complete the registration process when they first arrive and re-register annually every September.  New students will find useful information on the University’s registration pages and in the Handbook for Research Students and Research Supervisors.  Much of the registration process can be completed online using the Student Self Service Portal - S3P.  There are, however, some aspects of the registration process which are unique for continuing PGR students and these are addressed in the sections below.

Mid-Year Starters

The following entry points are available for PGR students in the three Faculties:

Faculty

September

January

April

Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Science, Agriculture and Engineering

Medical Sciences

PGR students who commence their studies in January or April are required to re-register each September regardless of their start date.  Do not worry if S3P suggests that you are entering your second year of study even if you are only part way through your first year as the central University database will adjust your record to ensure you are registered for the correct year of study.

Combined Candidature Students

Unfortunately the S3P system does not recognise combined students and will default to the appropriate full time fee. If you have any queries about your actual fee please contact RSST or Medical Sciences Graduate School.

Submission Deadline Date

S3P reflects the length of one academic year, ie from September 2019 to August 2020. You will be expected to register each September each academic year until the end of your programme. Your actual submissin deadline date is held elsewhere on your student record. PGR students can check their deadline date by logging into ePortfolio whihc shows start and end dates for PGR students from information on the student record..

‘Pending Submission’ Status

PGR students who have completed their minimum candidature may be eligible for ‘Pending Submission’ with no fees applied.  Eligibility for zero fees is not automatic and must be confirmed by your supervisor(s).  Zero fees are only available to those students who have completed the research element of their programme and who are engaged solely in the writing up of their thesis. Where RSST or the Medical Sciences Graduate School have been advised of your eligibility for pending submission zero fee, this information will have been passed on to the finance office and there should be no finance hold on your S3P record. If you are unsure please contact RSST or Medical Sciences Graduate School.

PGR students still undertaking research during this pending submission year will be required to pay the normal tuition fee for the programme.  Please be aware that pending submission is granted for one year only irrespective of whether fees have been paid or not.

If you believe that you are eligible for pending submission with zero fees, please contact the Research Student Support Team (RSST) or the Medical Sciences Graduate School (MSGS), as appropriate, who will contact your School/Institute to request confirmation of your status.

‘Extended Submission’ Status

If you are granted an extension to your thesis submission deadline by the Dean of Postgraduate Studies, and you are engaged soley in the writing up of your thesis, you will be required to pay an ‘extended submission’ fee before you will be allowed to register. The fee for 2019/20 is £2750 pro rata. However if you are granted an extension and are still undertaking research you will be required to pay the normal fee for the programme.

Students Nearing Submission

If you are likely to submit your thesis before 30 September then you are not required to register for the following academic year.  Instead, on receipt of your thesis, RSST or MSGS will register you as ‘Under Examination’.  Students who are classed as under examination are not required to pay fees.  Please ensure, however, that you have logged into S3P and accepted the University’s Terms and Conditions.

If you are likely to submit part way through an academic year, you will still be required to pay the normal tuition fee that is due for programme for the full year.  Following receipt of your submitted thesis, RSST or MSGS will notify the Tuition Fee Team who will recalculate the fee that is due based on your submission date.  Any overpayment will be refunded to you.

Tuition Fee Queries

If you believe that the tuition fee displayed on S3P is incorrect you are advised to contact the Tuition Fee Team directly either by phone on +44 (0) 191 208 5520 or by email on tuition-fees@ncl.ac.uk.

Tuition fee payments can be made either by phone on +44 (0) 191 208 5520; or by using the University online payments system

During the September registration period Tuition Fees staff can be found in the Hadrian Building (building number 4 on the Campus Map).

Students Holding Tier 4 Visas

New students must confirm their identity and provide their immigration documents as part of the registration process.

Continuing students are no longer required to provide evidence that they still have valid immigration permission to study in the UK unless they have recently renewed their passport or visa or these documents are due to expire soon.