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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


The University offers degrees at two levels for candidates who are not currently students at the University, but who already hold a Cambridge degree (and/or are eligible for another reason as set out in the regulations - see below)

The ScD (Doctor of Science) is the highest degree awarded by the University for distinguished research in science.

Candidates are required to show 'proof of distinction by some original contribution to the advancement of science or of learning'. This will normally amount to a substantial body of published work accumulated over a number of years in a distinguished career.

The PhD by the Special Regulations is equal in status to the PhD taken by the conventional route, except that the candidate submits a collection of published works that together make up a single coherent thesis. The work is examined at an oral by two examiners, as for the conventional PhD.


NB These degrees are open only to candidates who already have a degree from the University of Cambridge (or, if not, are currently holding an academic post in the University and have been admitted to the degree of Master of Arts under Statute B, III, 2 or to a degree of the University by incorporation). For more information on these rules, see the eligibility page in the ScD section.

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Office closures

The DC Office will be closed on Monday 27th May 2019 for the Bank holiday.

MPhil - If your MPhil by dissertation thesis submission deadline falls on this date, your thesis can be submitted to the Degree Committee office at 17 Mill Lane to arrive by 9am on Tuesday 28th May 2019 and it will be recorded as having been received by your deadline.

PhD - Please refer to the Student Registry website for guidance.