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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry

 

University Regulations

All PhDs are subject to the General Regulations for the PhD degree to be found in the Statutes & Ordinances of the University (Ordinances, Chapter VII, Section 13). Word limits must be strictly observed:

Institute of Astronomy, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, Department of Physics PhD: The thesis is not to exceed, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, 60,000 words, including summary/abstract, tables, footnotes and appendices, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures/diagrams, list of abbreviations/acronyms, bibliography and acknowledgements.

Department of Chemistry PhD: The thesis is not to exceed, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, 60,000 words, including summary/abstract, tables, and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures/diagrams, list of abbreviations/acronyms, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements. Appendices are relevant to the material contained within the thesis but do not form part of the connected argument. Specifically, they may include derivations, code and spectra, as well as experimental information (compound name, structure, method of formation and data) for non-key molecules made during the PhD studies.

The Degree Committee points out that some of the best theses extend to only half this length. Any thesis which, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, exceeds the permitted limit in length will be refused.

 

Terms of study and residence

Full time students must complete at least nine terms of study AND keep three terms of residence (find more information here).

 

Code of Practice for Research Students

Students taking the PhD are subject to the University's Code of Practice for Research Students. All candidates must make themselves aware of the content of the Code of Practice and of the University's rules on Good practice in research and the avoidance of plagiarism.

The Code sets out the mutual responsibilities and expectations of postgraduate students and those in the University responsible for their study. Students, Supervisors and Advisors are asked to read and discuss the content of the Code, and sign a copy to indicate they have done so. It is recommended that students upload a copy of the completed signature page with their Michaelmas Term self-evaluation report in CamSIS. There is an expectation that postgraduate students and their supervisory team will comply with the Code, irrespective of whether the advisory signatures are provided.

At the beginning of your project you might find it useful to complete the Research and Resources form with your supervisor to agree expectations relating to frequency of contact and access to facilities.

The Degree Committee has delegated day-to-day responsibility for the local implementation of the Code, which will be managed and monitored by individual Departments on a best efforts basis. Departments are invited to consult the Degree Committee at any 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:

2019-20

2020-21