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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Postgraduate student handbooks

  • Each Department provides their own Guide/Handbook for postgraduate students. 

The Codes of Practice set out the mutual responsibilities and expectations of postgraduate students and those in the University responsible for their study. Students and their Supervisors and Advisors (research degrees) or Course Directors (taught degrees) are asked to read and discuss the content of the relevant 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 (research degrees only) 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.


University guidance for postgraduate students

  • Cambridge Student Portal - including information about Cambridge life, postgraduate study and examination, fees and funding, and welfare
  • CamGuide for Master's - resource designed to help new Masters students prepare for their studies in Cambridge, including information about Cambridge life, postgraduate study and examination, fees and funding, and welfare


Degree Committee guidance

On this website you will find advice that is more specifically tailored to this Faculty including:

  • changes to your student status - what they mean and how to apply for them
  • examinations - what is expected of you, how to submit, what happens after the examination


Need help or advice? 

Depending on their nature, queries should be directed in the first instance to:

or your College Postgraduate Tutor.

If you can't find the page you are looking for or find a broken link do let us know (please use the email link in the 'Contact us' section below).

Office closures

There are no imminent closing dates.
Research degree theses should still be submitted by your submission deadline even if that falls over the holiday period.

Meetings schedule

Meetings of the Degree Committee and Degree Ceremonies:

2023-24 Degree Committee dates:

20 October, 17 November 2023.

9 January, 16 February, 15 March 2024.

26 April, 7 May, 14 June, 13 September 2024.

2023-24 Degree Ceremonies:

20,21 October, 25 November 2023

26 January, 24 February, 23 March, 6 April, 27 April, 17,18 May, 18,19,20 July 2024.