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Information for New and Current PhD Students












If you are in receipt of an unconditional offer, you may have already received instructions for pre- enrolment and full enrolment. If you have received a very recent unconditional offer, you should receive enrolment instructions shortly after accepting our offer. The instructions will contain details for completing pre-enrolment which you will need to do online prior to completing full enrolment which is done in person.

PhD programmes may begin at specific times throughout the academic year depending on the month in which you are starting your studies. Enrolment takes place at the beginning of each month. However, we recommend commencing your PhD in September, if possible, and this will also be expected if you have been successful in obtaining College funding.

If you are about to begin your PhD in September, enrolment will take place in The Enrolment Centre (Queens Building, Octagon). Check your email for details on when and where

If you arrive after 26 September 2016, you will need to visit the Research Degrees Office (Queens Building, Room E15) to complete your enrolment.

Queries on application status:

These should be directed to the Research Degrees Office at If you are in receipt of a conditional offer, you may not be able to enrol until you have provided confirmation that you have met the condition of our offer. Please provide the Research Degrees Office with confirmation of your results as soon as you have them. Upon verification, they will send you enrolment instructions. If you are awaiting confirmation of results for your current degree but have completed all courses and the final project, you may ask your university/department to provide evidence of your provisional results, and predicted final classification, and have this sent to us for consideration. (For students completing an MA in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, your provisional results will be considered with a view to allowing enrolment to take place in September).

Queries on enrolment:

These should be directed to the Research Degrees Office (Queens Building, Room E15) or

Queries on tuition fees:

These should be directed to the Fees Office (Queens Building, Room W117) or Funded students due to receive a stipend are advised to enrol in the third week of September to ensure that you receive your first payment by 1st October. Further information on enrolment is online at:

Upon commencement of your PhD, you should also arrange to meet with your supervisor to discuss how you will proceed with your research studies.

If you are waiting to enrol, you will still be able to register for the College Induction and attend the School's Induction. You will also be able to attend any the QMUL or SLLF research training sessions or events.

Research Degrees Office and Website

The Research Degrees Office (RDO) provides an administrative service to research degree students in the Doctoral College and staff involved in their supervision. The RDO website contains essential information on their services and research degree procedures for research degree students.

Re-Enrolment for Continuing Students

You should have recently received an email from the Research Degrees Office (unless you are interrupting, see item below), with instructions for online enrolment. The email would have contained all the information, links, contact numbers and email addresses you will need in respect of online enrolment, payment of tuition fees and obtaining an oyster student card. Full details online at:

Re-enrolment deadline is 07 October 2016.

Re-enrolment is an essential requirement for your programme. Failure to re-enrol by this deadline will result in your registration at the College being terminated and you will no longer be a student of Queen Mary. Note that if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, after the online re-enrolment process you need to visit the Research Degrees Office in person so that they can verify your continuing right to remain in the UK.

If you are currently writing-up, have submitted your thesis or are awaiting examination or award, you will also need to re-enrol and will continue to do so until your PhD is awarded.

Funded students

If you are due to receive a stipend, the RDO is preparing for the next payment to be made on 1st October. If you have not re-enrolled in good time you may risk your payment being delayed.

All enquiries about enrolment should be addressed to

Interrupting Students

If you are interrupting you will not be able to re-enrol until the Research Degrees Office has been informed of your intention to resume your PhD. Re-commencing your studies requires approval from your supervisor.

QMUL Email Account & ID Card

When you enrol for your first year, you will be registered with the College computing network, and receive a username (with password). As well as allowing you to make full use of word-processing facilities, the internet and College intranet, and giving you access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) platform, QMplus, this will give you access to your College email address. This is vital as this is the email address we will use to contact you throughout your studies.

You can access your email account by logging on to a QMUL computer or, if you are off-campus, via Webmail.

Please note that you can forward messages automatically from your College account to any other email address if you prefer (such as gmail etc.). You should consult IT Services for advice on this. Full information on getting started with your computer account and the facilities available can be found on the IT Services website.

New students will also be issued an ID card, which will be required for access to the Linguistics Research Centre, the Library, and other buildings around campus.

Personal Details

On occasion, we may need to write to you at either your home or term-time address. You must ensure that you keep your contact details up to date on MySIS.

A Personal Details Form is attached for you to complete and via email attachment to Sharon Bernor. Please return this before you start your PhD to confirm your intention to start and provide your preferences for distribution of mail and online publicity.

Induction Meetings

Departmental Induction

Departmental Induction for new PhD students in Linguistics takes places on 22 September at 11.00 in room G.03 of the ArtsOne building. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contact Dr Erez Levon. The departmental Meet & Greet for all new and continuing PhD students takes places at 12.30 on 22 September in the Linguistics Research Centre. The full department Welcome (Back) Meeting takes places on 28 September at 16.00 in the Linguistics Research Centre.

School Induction

The School will hold an induction meeting for all new PhD studentson 05 October at 16.00. The meeting will be led by the Director of Graduate Studies for SLLF, Dr Falco Pfalzgraf, and will cover important issues facing today's postgraduate research students. Check your email for details.

College Induction

The Doctoral College is the focal point for supporting doctoral and post-doctoral level research at Queen Mary. All PhD students and post-doctoral researchers are members of the Doctoral College and can access the information and services that it offers. There you can access information and various resources to support your ongoing study. The Doctoral College induction will take place on 03 October from 9.30-17.00.

Handbook and Regulations

The School's Handbook will be distributed to you using the information you provide on your Personal Details Form.

The Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and Academic Regulations, as well as many helpful links to other regulations, forms and guidelines are available from the Research Degrees Office.

The requirements for research degrees are set out in Appendix 1 of the Academic Regulations.


The School Office can be found in the Arts One Building, 1st Floor, Room 1.08. The Office is open from 10.00am-4.00pm during term time (closed 12.30pm to 2.00pm during vacation periods). For all enquiries, or when you need to hand something in, these should be addressed in the first instance to staff at the reception to the office who will assist, or refer your query, as appropriate.

Sharon Bernor
Postgraduate Studies Administrator
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8332
Fax: +44 (0)20 8980 5400

For general enquiries, and any not, related to your PhD, you should use the School's email address:

Additional Information may be found on the School's page of General Information for Postgraduate Students

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