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Appealing a Failed PhD

How to appeal if you failed your PhD

A PhD is the terminal degree and represents years of hard work. It is often a necessary step for a career in academia and gives a significant advantage in job applications outside academia. This will be particularly important in the post-COVID graduate job market, where a doctorate should stand a candidate apart from most others.

Failing a PhD is usually a highly distressing event for students and their families. We have extensive experience of helping PhD students return to their doctoral studies and complete their PhD, DPhil or professional doctorate. Our lead adviser has gone through the PhD process himself and knows first-hand how it feels to be a PhD student. We also have 3 former academics on our advisory team.

We currently have 14 practising barristers, fully registered with the Bar Standards Board, with expertise in doctoral appeals. One PhD student wrote:

"When I received the result of my viva - an MPhil rather than a PhD - no one backed me up.  Not even my supervisors.  I felt really desperate.  I did an Internet research and, after considering my options, decided to go with Dr Sokol.  I was very lucky to have him.  I loved the fact that he replied promptly to e-mails, giving answers to any questions, and was reassuring and supportive.  I felt in safe hands.  Having looked at my case, he estimated my chances of success at about 40%.  He then wrote a remarkably clear and persuasive appeal statement, and I was delighted when my appeal was upheld.  I would definitely advise other students in the unfortunate situation of an academic appeal to come to Dr Sokol."

We are acutely aware of the vital importance of a PhD appeal to students and take pride in the skill and professionalism we bring to every case.

We are trusted by academics (supervisors have referred students to us), student unions, and embassies, and we provide regular training to university staff and student advisers.  We have also published articles in national newspapers on PhD appeals. 

Contact us for a free enquiry. Please either complete the online enquiry here or call us directly on 0800 368 9230 to discuss your case with no obligations.

For those on a shoestring budget, we have created a unique online video tutorial on how to produce a winning appeal. It is the most affordable way to get professional help with your appeal. It has proved very popular with students and is recommended by some student unions.  Click here for more information. 


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  • Stress reduction: our experts handle all complexities, allowing you to focus on your studies with minimal stress.
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  • Prestigious network: we are part of Alpha Student Hub, offering access to other student-related services.

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