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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


Where to submit

Submit TWO copies of your thesis, with any other items specified on the Cambridge Students website, to:

Student Registry
Student Services Centre
New Museums Site
Cambridge, CB2 3PT.

Coronavirus - for guidance on special arrangements for submission please see here.



You are normally allowed up to 4 years from the time of your admission to complete the PhD (excluding any periods of approved intermission), i.e. the normal end dates are:

start date

4-year submission deadline*

Michaelmas Term (October)            30 September in year 4
Lent Term (January) 4 January in year 4
Easter Term (April)

9 or 17 April in year 4

*if your submission date fall on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, you must submit your thesis BEFORE the holiday starts.

The duration of your funding does not have any effect on your University submission deadline unless you are on a CDT course with a separate masters degree (MRes/MPhil) in the first year.


Why the 4-year rule matters

  • the government collects data on the numbers of students who submit within 4 years. Departments falling below the 70% threshold can lose their studentship funding from Research Councils - this can damage the chances of future students wishing to study here;
  • students holding Tier 4 visas must complete within the time allowed by their visa.


Help! I'm not going to submit on time


Student Status

After you submit your thesis but before you receive your examination outcome you are under examination. University working restrictions do not apply to you at this stage although students on a Tier 4 visa are still expected to comply with the working conditions laid down by UK Visas and Immigration at all stages (see Working on a Tier 4 visa). Should you take up employment or an internship during this time please ensure you are available for viva in a timely fashion. The viva is normally be held within 6-8 weeks of submission.

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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: