Postgraduate research Awards Ceremonies

Coronavirus update

2020 Awards Ceremonies postponed

All the 2020 Awards Ceremonies have been postponed due to coronavirus.

Requirements for attendance

The University holds two Award Ceremonies per year in July and November. Before a you can attend an Award Ceremony, you must have:
  1. had the outcome of your viva voce confirmed by a previous Award Board
  2. had any amendments approved by the relevant examiners
  3. uploaded the final version of your thesis to the UWE Bristol Research Repository once permission has been granted by the PGR Assessments Manager
  4. had your thesis made live on the UWE Bristol Research Repository
  5. submitted a completed RD15 to the Graduate School Office
  6. submitted the relevant synopsis information (see below) to research.degrees@uwe.ac.uk by the relevant Award Board deadline:
    • If your award has been confirmed at or before the February meeting of the Research Degrees Award Board (RDAB) you may be eligible to attend the July (or a later) ceremony.
    • If your award has been confirmed at or before the September meeting of the Research Degrees Award Board (RDAB) you may be eligible to attend a November (or a later) ceremony.

The Award Board will then consider approving the completion of the award. Before an award can be granted, you are required to fulfil all requirements of the Academic Regulations.

Register for an Awards Ceremony

Our guide to Awards Ceremonies includes information on when you will be sent an invitation, registration, robe hire and how to request a letter supporting a visa application. 

Awards Ceremonies
Two graduants wearing robes at their graduation.

Synopses of research

The synopses are only required if you are attending an Awards Ceremony. You should agree the wording with your Director of Studies and then forward it to research.degrees@uwe.ac.uk by the deadline detailed above.  Your full synopses will consist of:

  • your full name
  • your degree to be awarded eg, Doctor of Philosophy, Professional Doctorate in..., Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy by Publication, Master of Philosophy by Publication
  • the thesis title of your research
  • a maximum of a 250-word synopsis of the research for inclusion in the Awards Ceremony programme
  • a maximum of a 50-word synopsis about the research to be read at the Awards Ceremony.

Travel

You are strongly advised not to book any travel to an Awards Ceremony until the award has been made by the Award Board. You cannot graduate at an Awards Ceremony without the approval of an Award Board.

Members of staff

UWE Bristol staff with permanent contracts undertaking a research degree must register to attend through the standard invitation email. This applies even if you they have registered to attend a ceremony as a staff member. You should also contact graduation@uwe.ac.uk to arrange robe hire. All other information above still stands.