UEL doctorates

We support a community of over 150 students across a range of Professional Doctorate programmes and PhDs at the Tavistock.

The following guidance and resource pages are for both PhD and Professional Doctorate students on UEL-Validated courses, and their supervisors, as well as any other interested parties. We also run Essex-validated Doctoral courses. For information for current Trust-Essex Doctoral students please go to the Student Regulations and Policies pages.

If you are on a professional doctorate validated by the UEL, the first phase of your course is described as the taught phase, or training/clinical part of your course. Most of the information that you will need whilst on the taught phase of your courses can be found on your course page on Moodle and in your course handbook.

After you have completed the taught element, in order to gain the doctorate award you need to complete a thesis. You will be required to register your thesis proposal and gain any required ethical approval before you can begin. The process of registration, ethical approval and other processes you may need (or in some cases are required) to complete while registered are described step-by-step in these pages. Please click on the menu items on the left hand side to navigate to the required pages.

For information relating to the management and governance of all research carried out within the Trust, including funding opportunities, please visit the getting started webpages. Alternatively, please visit Noclor Research Support.


As a student of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust it is most likely that you will need to gain some form of ethical clearance before...

Resources (UEL-validated doctorates)

Below is a useful summary of all the necessary resources for the UEL-Trust Postgraduate Research Degree Programme

PGRD regulations

We have devolved responsibility for the quality assurance and enhancement of our courses. Therefore, the policies and procedures differ from those...

Research degrees subcommittee

The body overseeing all UEL validated Doctoral processes at the Research stage of the Professional Doctorate (ProfDoc) course is called the UEL...

Your viva (UEL-validated doctorates)

This unit specification describes how your thesis will be assessed by the examiners.

Annual review

Once you are registered, you must undergo a Review of your progress annually. Annual Reviews are a UEL/Tavistock regulatory requirement. These are...

Supervision (UEL-validated doctorates)

Supervision information for studentsGetting the right supervisory team together is obviously extremely important. You will be working with the...

Suspension of studies

If you are a UEL Doctoral student, and your studies are being disrupted by circumstances outside of your control, you may be able to apply for a...

Registration periods

Once you have registered, you have a finite amount of time in which to complete your thesis.

Registration of your thesis (UEL-validated doctorates)

Once you have completed the taught part of your course (where applicable) and before you conduct any research, you must register your thesis. This...