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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry

 

University Regulations

All PhDs are subject to the General Regulations for the PhD degree to be found in the Statutes & Ordinances of the University (Ordinances, Chapter VII). Word limits must be strictly observed:

Institute of Astronomy, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, Department of Physics PhD: The thesis is not to exceed, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, 60,000 words, including summary/abstract, tables, footnotes and appendices, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures/diagrams, list of abbreviations/acronyms, bibliography and acknowledgements.

Department of Chemistry PhD: The thesis is not to exceed, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, 60,000 words, including summary/abstract, tables, and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures/diagrams, list of abbreviations/acronyms, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements. Appendices are relevant to the material contained within the thesis but do not form part of the connected argument. Specifically, they may include derivations, code and spectra, as well as experimental information (compound name, structure, method of formation and data) for non-key molecules made during the PhD studies.

The Degree Committee points out that some of the best theses extend to only half this length. Any thesis which, without prior permission of the Degree Committee, exceeds the permitted limit in length will be refused.

 

Terms of study and residence

Full time students must complete at least nine terms of study AND keep three terms of residence (find more information here).

 

Code of Practice for Research Students

Students taking the PhD are subject to the University's Code of Practice for Research Students. All candidates must make themselves aware of the content of the Code of Practice and of the University's rules on Good practice in research and the avoidance of plagiarism.

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Office closures

The Degree Committee office will be closed on 29 August 2022 for the Bank Holiday.
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:

2021-22

2022-23