If you are currently undertaking study towards a graduate qualification, it is your responsibility to ensure you understand and comply with the regulations of the University.
The Code of Practice for research degrees* sets out the University’s expectations of students and the staff who teach them. It includes sections on what is expected of you as a research student, and what you can expect of your Principal Supervisor and your Advisor. It also describes arrangements for monitoring and reporting on your progress, and on your first-year progress examination and final examination of your thesis. The Code will be supplemented by additional information specific to your Faculty or Department which will be provided during your induction and through a Course Handbook or similar which may be in hard copy or online.
You should ensure that you are familiar with requirements for sharing of your research data.
You may also benefit from participation in the University's Equipment Sharing Project.
If you experience problems with your study, you should consult your Principal Supervisor, Advisor or the Director of Graduate Education in your Faculty or Department without delay. You may also seek advice and support from your College Tutor. If you are unable to resolve any problem through this route, you may wish to lodge a formal complaint.
* The Ph.D., Eng.D., and research elements of the Ed.D., together with M.Phils. examined by thesis and oral only.
The University requires research students to be resident in Cambridge and actively pursuing their research throughout the year (including during the summer months when undergraduate students are not in residence), with short breaks for holidays. Further details of the University's residence requirements can be found here.
The student status pages provide you will information on the processes to follow should you need to request leave to work away from Cambridge, intermission, change of Department, or other such change in circumstance.
Master’s courses with a taught element
If you are following a Master’s course, your Faculty or Department is responsible for arranging lectures, seminars, and practicals (where relevant), and for supervision of your research project or dissertation.
Before the start of the course, you should receive a handbook from your Faculty or Department. Among other things, the course handbook should contain information about:
- course structure, including a timetable for induction and training
- the teaching approach, for example, the role of lectures, seminars, supervision
- the types of learning strategies relevant to research students in the subject area
- the University's rules on plagiarism and the conventions specific to the subject for the acknowledgement of the work of others
- the methods of assessment, including:
- the timing and status of any informal assessment of academic progress and skills training, including any local requirements for feasibility or progress reports
- timing and status of formal assessment of progress and registration for the degree
- word limits and stylistic requirements for dissertations
- reference to the University's procedures for reviewing the results of examinations for postgraduate qualifications.
- academic support services and facilities available to students
- other types of support available to students, including advice on who to contact in case of need
- arrangements for student representation and feedback
- advice on how to resolve problems or make a complaint
- reference to other key documents such as the Degree Regulations.
The online lecture list provides information on all lectures that are held at the University, including venue and time of each lecture. As a matriculated student you are entitled to attend any lectures (but not classes or practicals) of any degree course. Students wishing to attend lectures for a subject for which they are not registered will be permitted to do so only if there is room for them in the lecture theatre. Please check the details published by the Faculty or Department concerned before attending such lectures as you may be required to sign up in advance.
There will be a Course Director or similar who is responsible for your course, and if you are experiencing any problems with the course you should raise them with the Course Director in the first instance. You may also seek advice and support from your College Tutor. If you are unable to resolve any problem through this route, you may wish to lodge a formal complaint.
The University requires you to comply with the residence requirements for your course. Further details of the University's residence requirements can be found here.
The student status pages provide you will information on the processes to follow should you need to request leave to work away from Cambridge, intermission, or other such change in circumstance.