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Applying for Allowance of Terms

Candidates who have been carrying out research in the University prior to starting a course of research (for example, having worked as a Research Assistant) may seek to have up to three full-time terms or five part-time terms allowed to count towards the minimum number of research terms required for the PhD, MSc or MLitt.

How to apply

Forms for Applying for an Allowance for Research Terms are available from your Self-Service pages.

Please note that if your application is approved, your End of Registration Date will be brought forward by the amount of terms you have applied for.

For further information please contact the Student Registry (student.registry@admin.cam.ac.uk).

 

Applying for Exemption of Terms

The Board expects the pattern of study will, for full-time study for the PhD, be 3 (or, in some cases, 4) years. However, a student who has completed an MPhil, MSt or one of the Diplomas in Economics, Legal Studies or International Law may seek to incorporate some of the work carried out for their Masters/Diploma dissertation into the PhD degree providing the status of the work is clearly acknowledged in the PhD dissertation and there is sufficient additional work at doctoral level to warrant the awarding of a further degree.

Applications for an exemption of terms on the strength of research done for the masters degree or diploma should be made retrospectively at the point of submission of the PhD dissertation.  Such applications will be considered only if the dissertation is ready to submit before the first day of the term required to complete the minimum number of research terms for the degree (eg earlier than the first day of the 9th term of a full-time PhD, or the 15th term of a part-time PhD). The maximum exemption is three full-time terms (5 part-time terms); the number of terms required to make up the minimum research period will be exempted.

The only exception to this will be:
a candidate who has begun a PhD at another institution and who wishes to transfer his or her registration to Cambridge may apply, on admission or at any stage thereafter, for an exemption of up to three full-time terms of research on the strength of the work done in the previous institution. A candidate who has paid fees at the other institution will not be expected to pay fees for a period exempted at Cambridge. Most students in this situation will be those seeking to transfer to Cambridge with a supervisor taking up a post in the University.

How to apply

Forms for Applying for an Exemption of Research Terms are available from your Self-Service pages.

Please note that if your application is approved, your End of Registration Date will be brought forward by the amount of terms you have applied for.

Fee for course and consideration for exemption of fees

A fee for course was introduced for students admitted to a new course of study with effect from the Michaelmas Term 2010. This means that with effect from the Michaelmas Term 2010, when applying for continuation/readmission via graduate admissions, all students are required to supply a financial guarantee to confirm they have the funds available to them to cover fees for the whole of their course. Admission is not agreed without this guarantee in place. If an exemption or allowance of terms of terms is later requested and agreed to enable early submission of a PhD dissertation for examination, students may at that stage be considered for an exemption of fees. Exemption is normally only considered for students who are self-funded.

For further information please contact the Student Registry (student.registry@admin.cam.ac.uk).