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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 2023 LT 2024 ET 2024 MT 2024 LT 2025 ET 2025
Astronomy 10,000 28 Jun 2024 - - 30 Jun 2025 - -
Chemistry 12,000 28 Jun 2024 08 Oct 2024 17 Jan 2025 30 Jun 2025 08 Oct 2025 19 Jan 2026
Materials 15,000 14 Jun 2024 27 Sep 2024 09 Jan 2025 16 Jun 2025 29 Sep 2025 09 Jan 2026
Physics 12,000 05 Jul 2024 27 Sep 2024 10 Jan 2025 07 Jul 2025 29 Sep 2025 12 Jan 2026

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 joining us in ET and those registered on the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science 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 file - 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!

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

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.