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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


If, after examining your thesis and conducting the oral, the Examiners cannot recommend that you pass (even if you were to correct your work), they will in most cases recommend that you should be allowed to revise and resubmit your work for a second examination.

The Degree Committee can make this recommendation to the Board of Graduate Studies, who will make the final decision on the examination outcome. Should the Board of Graduate Studies agree that you should revise and resubmit your work you will be allowed up to 12 months from the date of the Board of Graduate Studies' email confirming that decision. The Board of Graduate Studies will provide you with the revision advice supplied by the Examiners, and will give you a deadline for letting them know whether or not you wish to do this.

You may be asked to conduct further labwork/fieldwork/collect more data as part of the revision. If so, you might want to weigh up the pros and cons of accepting the invitation to revise the work for the PhD. If you chose not to revise your thesis you will not receive a PhD degree. However, you might be offered the option of accepting a lower degree instead (MSc or MPhil). If the Board of Graduate Studies has not offered you this option, but you wish to pursue this possibility, please contact the Degree Committee.


Submitting a revised thesis

It is important to recognise that being permitted to revise your thesis for re-examination is not the same as making corrections.

We ask that you follow the same procedures as when preparing for the original submission (i.e. give us advance Notice of your intention to submit, make any voluntary disability disclosure, and submit two bound copies of your revised thesis to Student Registry, not directly to your Examiners).

If you have not submitted within the time allowed you will be withdrawn from study. Reinstatement will be considered when you are ready to submit.



The Degree Committee will normally appoint the same Examiners to examine the revised thesis. If you have good reason to object to the reappointment of the examiners, you should tell your supervisor before you resubmit the thesis and you should also inform the Degree Committee office at the point of submitting your Notice of intention to submit form. Bear in mind that if the same Examiners are appointed, they are best placed to judge whether or not you have made the revisions at the level required for the PhD. If new Examiners are appointed, they will know that the work is revised and they will be aware of what you have been asked to do to bring it up to doctoral level.

If you have the same examiners and they both agree that your revised work is of MPhil standard, they can waive a second oral. However, if they differ in their opinions or are not sure whether you have met the requirements for the degree, they will hold a second oral. If either of the examiners is new (i.e. did not examine the original thesis), an oral must always be held. An Independent Chair will also be appointed to be present.


Results of re-examination

Your Examiners send their reports and your candidature will be considered at the next available meetings of the Degree Committee and 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);


Student Status

If you are required to revise and resubmit your thesis you are expected to be studying full-time in Cambridge from the date you are notified of your result unless you have applied for and been granted permission to work away. If you have already taken up employment you should temporarily withdraw from the University while you work on your revisions as it is not possible to be a student and be working at this stage.

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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: