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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


All candidates have been warned about the need to avoid plagiarism and poor scholarship in the material they submit for examination. See the University's Code of Practice ('Essential links' on right) and the advice given to candidates concerning avoidance of plagiarism on this website.

What to do if you suspect plagiarism or poor scholarship

If you suspect that parts of the work are not the candidate's own original work, for example:

  • parts of the work that appear to use other authors' material without due acknowledgment;
  • cut and paste reproduction of others' work even where there is a reference to the source;
  • marked changes in the style of writing that suggests cut and paste
  • others have clearly been involved in the work but they are not acknowledged or the contribution of the candidate is not clear
  • figures or data appear to have been copied without acknowledgment or even fabricated

these matters may or may not constitute wrong-doing, but need to be addressed, and need to be handled carefully in the examination process.

The University's procedure for examiners in the event of suspicion of plagiarism advises you to alert the Secretary of the Degree Committee in the first instance; please do this as early as possible and (s)he will be able to advise you further.

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Office closures

The Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 28 March 2024 and will reopen again on Tuesday 2 April 2024.
Research degree theses should still be submitted by your submission deadline even if that falls over the holiday period.