Award of your research degree and graduation

Pass lists for research degrees are produced regularly throughout the year. 


Research degree award

Your research degree award can only be confirmed once all the following conditions have been met: 
  • Your examiners' report has been approved by the Progression and Examinations Group at one if its meetings.
  • Doctoral College Operations (DCO) has received confirmation that the internal examiner is satisfied with any corrections
  • You have deposited the full text version of your eThesis in White Rose Etheses Online  
  • All tuition fees to the University have been paid.
  • If applicable, all assessed or taught modules have been completed successfully.
In accordance with the decision of the Graduate Board no exceptions will be permitted and the staff in DCO have no discretion in these matters. 
After the date of the Progression and Examinations Group meeting you can track progress towards award in GRAD via the ‘award checklist’. Once your name has appeared on a pass list you will receive an email (to your University account) confirming that the award of your degree has been made.


Further information about the arrangements for graduation and certificates can be found on the graduation pages.
Graduation-related deadlines for PGRs – July 2023
Event Date 
Deadline for registering your graduation choice Please see the graduation pages 
Deadline for receipt of completed Examiners’ Reports (prepared by the examiners after the viva) in DCO Mondday 12 June 2023
Last Graduate Board Progression and Examinations Group meeting before the ceremonies Tuesday 20 June 2023
Deadline of confirmation of corrections and submission of eThesis Wednesday 21 June 2023
Publication of final pass list before the degree ceremonies Friday 23 June 2023

Award statement for research degrees

After your name has appeared on a pass list, if you require evidence of your research degree award you may wish to request a statement. The statement will confirm: your period of study, School of registration, thesis title, submission date for examination, viva date and date of award. Statements can take up to 4 weeks to process (please note that if you apply for a statement before your name has appeared on a pass list the 4 week period will begin from the date of publication of the pass list). Statements for research degrees are provided free of charge for the first 3 months after your name has appeared on a pass list. Requests for research degree statements can be made to the thesis examination section on After 3 months, statements should be ordered through the University’s Online Store and there is a small charge.