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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Your result

Your Examiners send their reports and your candidature will be considered at the next available meeting of the Degree Committee. The Degree Committee decides whether or not to endorse the post-viva recommendation of your Examiners. The Degree Committee's recommendation is sent to the next available meeting of the Board of Graduate Studies.

The Board of Graduate Studies is the awarding body for the PhD Degree. Immediately after their meeting, the result will be entered in CamSIS. You will be sent an email informing you of the result and advising you on what to do next. Your Examiners' reports will be attached to the email. Outcomes of the examination are:

  • pass (subject to submitting a hardbound copy and copy to Apollo if you have not already done so); 

For information on graduation and on obtaining the certificate or transcript, see the Cambridge Students website.


Examination review

A PhD student who fails the examination and feels unfairly treated, or fails to complete it through illness or other serious impediment, has access to the University's Examination Review procedure.


Status letter

If you have had your oral but not yet had official outcome of your examination and you require a letter (for example, for an employer or for visa purposes) to give the current state of your examination, please contact the Degree Committee office. This letter can be provided only if the Examiners' reports have been received and if the Examiners' recommendation and the outcome are sufficiently clear to make a statement prior to the meeting.

You will need to tell us:

  • the purpose of requesting a letter before the Board meeting
  • the person to whom the letter should be addressed
  • the address to which it should be sent (to you in a sealed envelope, or direct to the addressee?)
  • whether a hard copy is required (or can it be sent as a PDF by email?)
  • the date by which it is needed


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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 Degree Ceremonies: