EdD students should also refer to Section 8
MRes students should also refer to Section 9.
Students must normally be resident in the United Kingdom throughout their studies (EdD students excepted).
Full-time students are required to live within easy commuting distance of Milton Keynes, typically 40 miles or 40 minutes travelling time. If in exceptional circumstances you need to live further away (because of domestic or child-care commitments, for example), you must obtain approval from the Research Degrees Committee in advance.
In exceptional circumstances the University may waive this residence regulation to allow someone who is resident outside the UK to register as an external part-time research student, if it can be shown that adequate supervision and engagement with the research can be arranged. The University expects students for whom the residence requirement is waived to make regular visits to the UK at their own expense for supervision sessions with their internal supervisors. Usually, this is practical only if they have work or family commitments here. All research degree examinations are held in the UK and students are required to attend at their own expense.
The University is also willing to waive the residence requirement to enable UK students to undertake periods of fieldwork overseas if that's essential to the research and if it can be shown that regular and adequate supervision can be maintained. Students, including those who have been granted a residency waiver, are expected to travel to the University campus at their own expense.