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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Deadlines and format

If you were admitted to a doctoral research programme in this Faculty from October 2013 onwards, you will undergo a probationary review (formal assessment of progress and recommendation regarding registration) towards the end of your probationary period.

Your department will specify a format for your progress report and the deadline by which it is to be submitted (N.B. the details in your Department may vary slightly from the process set out here - please refer to your department's postgraduate handbook or webpages for the definitive version).

The current report word limits and submission deadlines are:

dept report start start start start start start
  word limit MT 2019 LT 2020 ET 2020 MT 2020 LT 2021 ET 2021
Astronomy 10,000 29 Jun 2020 - - 29 Jun 2021 - -
Chemistry 12,000 29 Jun 2020 05 Oct 2020 18 Jan 2021 28 Jun 2021 08 Oct 2021 17 Jan 2022
Materials 15,000 15 Jun 2020 28 Sep 2020 07 Jan 2021 15 Jun 2021 28 Sep 2021 07 Jan 2022
Physics 12,000 06 Jul 2020 28 Sep 2020 11 Jan 2021 06 Jul 2021 28 Sep 2021 11 Jan 2022

The report deadline for students registered on the EPSRC CDTs in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (SynTech) and Nuclear Energy Futures is 1 September, irrespective of the Department they are in. BBSRC DTP students are normally treated as ET starters to the Faculty for the purposes of report deadline; if you are unclear what your deadline is please contact us.


Examination access arrangements

Should you wish to make a voluntary disclosure of any disability/chronic illness that might affect the conduct of your viva please complete and this disclosure form before you submit. We invite you to do this up to two months in advance to allow us time to consult with the DRC and make appropriate access arrangements - you do not have to wait until you are ready to submit your report.


How to submit

Your report should be submitted onto the Moodle course 'Degree Committee Student Submissions'. Please refer to your department's postgraduate handbook for any additional requirements. You can find a guide for using Moodle to upload your report: Moodle student guide. Please submit the following items:


  1. your report as a single PDF - don't forget to put your name and the title on the front page! Please name your report file in the format of [Surname]_[FirstName]_Report
  2. a Probationary Review Declaration & Certificate of Submission saved as a PDF with the naming format of [Surname]_[FirstName]_Certificate. The certificate confirms that:
  • you understand the procedure set out on this website
  • have familiarised yourself with the University's rules for good practice in academic writing - this is very important and breaches of these rules are taken very seriously
  • the work is all your own except as acknowledged in the report
  • it does not exceed the word limit. Please do not exceed the word limit - if you do, it is likely that your report will be returned to you for revision.

You should not send your report or any other material directly to your assessors.


Help! I am not going to submit on time!

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Office closures

The DC 'remote' Office will be closed from 3pm on Friday 28 August 2020 for the August Bank Holiday. We reopen at 9am on Tuesday 1 September 2020.

Meetings schedule

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Board of Graduate Studies, and Degree Ceremonies: