Work and residence towards an award is calculated from the term of matriculation. There are minimum residence periods which must be met before an award can be made, which are set out in the general regulations for each award.
Graduate students on a full-time course must reside within 25 miles of Carfax for a minimum of six weeks in the 8 week period of Full Term for that term to count towards the required minimum residence period. Information provided for graduate applicants should make clear that while the formal residence requirement for a course is calculated according to the eight weeks of Full Term, graduate students may expect to have commitments within their course outside those periods. Courses may last from nine to twenty-four months, and the expectations relating to residence requirements, duration and likely commitments outside Full Term should be made clear in any preliminary information.
Apart from those postgraduate taught courses which may be taken by means of part-time study, students studying for a postgraduate taught course are expected to meet the residence requirement for the duration of the course. Therefore dispensation from minimum residence periods does not normally apply. However, the Proctors may authorise a student to reside beyond the residency limit of 25 miles and still fulfil the requirement if there are special circumstances which appear to justify the authorisation. Applications must be made in writing via the student’s college.