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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Physics & Chemistry


All potential PhD students are probationary in their first year and will undergo a 'Probationary Review' towards the end of their first year. This REPLACED the CPGS examination for almost all students with effect from the October 2013 intake. The academic standard for the examination is the same, but the range of possible outcomes (especially in the case of poor outcomes) is different.

You may wish to view the instructions for students and the Assessors' instructions to see how the process works from their point of view.

The Guide to Probationary Review for Assessors, Supervisors and Departments provides details of the process and your role in it.

When the Assessors' reports have been sent to the DC office:

  • we (the DC Office) will provide you with access to the reports on your student via the Moodle site (see Moodle Guide for Supervisors) and 
  • we will normally ask you to email an end of year progress report, in light of the Assessors' comments, and make a recommendation about registration.
  • If, however, the result is 'revise and resubmit', we will ask you to delay making a registration report till the re-examination result is known.

Your comments and opinion are valuable to the Department and Degree Committee in making our registration recommendation to Student Registry. We will invite you to email your comments and recommendations within 14 days of releasing the Assessors' reports. If you have concerns which mean you cannot recommend registration, you should contact your gradate office within 14 days to discuss your concerns before submitting your comments.

Supervisor comments following first year assessment will be uploaded to CamSIS by your Department and will be be available for the student to read.

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.