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Please note the information on this page is for doctoral students. MSc and MLitt students are not required to submit a hardbound copy of their thesis or upload an electronic copy to Apollo. Please note also, this information is for submission of the final version of the thesis. Information about submitting your thesis for examination can be found here.

Submitting the hardbound and electronic (final) thesis (doctoral students)

Final approval for doctoral degrees is conditional on you submitting a hardbound copy of your thesis for deposit in the University Library and uploading an electronic copy to the University repository Apollo. These should be the versions approved by your examiners and Degree Committee and should be identical with the exception of the 'Deposit & Copying of Hardbound Thesis Declaration' form which should not be included in the electronic version. Submission of the hardbound is a requirement even if access to your thesis will be restricted. Guidance about the requirements for submission of the electronic copy if access is restricted can be found below. Submission of the hardbound and electronic copies is not a requirement for the MSc or MLitt degrees. 

If you plan to graduate as soon as possible, please note (doctoral students) that both hardbound and electronic copies of your thesis should be submitted at least ten calendar days before the graduation ceremony you wish to attend. 

It is important to ensure your mailing address, email address(es) and telephone numbers are updated over the 12 months following the submission of your thesis. We will primarily contact you by email. You can update your details via CamSIS Self Service

Hardbound thesis submission

What are the requirements for the hardbound submission?

The minimum requirements for the hardbound thesis are as follows:

  • be typescript on A4 paper; recommended 100gsm - check with the binders if you want to use a different weight, but should not be lower than 100gsm

  • be portrait format

  • we recommend you use double-sided printing where possible; however, single-sided printing is acceptable

Cover and spine:

  • hard bound (hand stitched and not stuck)

  • cover colour is up to you

  • your thesis title, your initials and surname reading down the spine

  • letter colour must be gold

Bound inside the thesis:

  1. the 'Deposit & Copying of Hardbound Thesis Declaration' form must be bound into your final hardbound thesis as the very first page. Do not include this form in the electronic version

  2.  title page, displaying: the full title of the thesis; your full name (as it appears on your passport); your college; the date of submission (month and year)*; and a declaration stating "This thesis is submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Education etc... (as appropriate)."   *Please note - the date on the title page should be the same as on the thesis originally submitted for examination - this applies even if you were required to make corrections to your thesis. However, if your original viva outcome was to revise and resubmit you should put the month and year you submitted the revised thesis for examination. 

  3. a typewritten declaration (this is different to the declaration form mentioned above), following the title page, stating (you can copy and paste the following text): 'This thesis is the result of my own work and includes nothing which is the outcome of work done in collaboration except as declared in the Preface and specified in the text. I further state that no substantial part of my thesis has already been submitted, or, is being concurrently submitted for any such degree, diploma or other qualification at the University of Cambridge or any other University or similar institution except as declared in the Preface and specified in the text. It does not exceed the prescribed word limit for the relevant Degree Committee'.  The declaration does not need to be signed. For more information about word limits see the word limits for the respective Degree Committee.

  4. a copy of your Summary/Abstract with your name and thesis title on it. This must be bound inside the thesis following the typewritten declaration

Where can I have my thesis bound with hard covers?

There are a number of bookbinders available; two Cambridge Bookbinders are:

J S Wilson & Son Bookbinders Ltd  Est 1830

You can place your order with the Cambridge SU who act as a collection and drop-off point for J S Wilson. 

Brignell Bookbinders

Where do I submit my thesis?

Student Registry

Student Services Centre

New Museums Site



What if I am not in Cambridge?

The two Cambridge Bookbinders listed above accept an electronic copy of the thesis and will arrange for printing, binding and delivery to the Student Registry. Please note that this is only a service offered by the two bookbinders directly - the Cambridge SU do not offer this service.

How many copies of the hardbound thesis must I submit?

One copy is required for the University Library. However, the following Departments require a second copy, usually for their own library.  Submit both copies to the Student Registry:

  • Astronomy
  • Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Judge Business School
  • Veterinary Medicine

Is there any help with the cost of binding my thesis?

Applications for thesis binding costs will be considered by the Postgraduate Hardship Fund. Eligibility criteria and guidance on making an application is available on the Hardship Funding page

Electronic thesis submission

In addition to submission of a hard bound thesis (please see above), you are required to upload an electronic version of your thesis to the University repository, Apollo. You can do this using the upload form at where you will also find further information. However, please see below if you decide that access to your thesis should be 'indefinitely restricted'. 

Details of a training session can be found here.

A module on deposting your electronic thesis can be found here.

What are the requirements for the electronic submission?

  • Complete the thesis access confirmation form (see below for information about managing access).

  • The electronic submission must be identical to the hardbound copy with the exception of the 'Deposit & Copying of Hardbound Thesis Declaration' form - do not include this form in the electronic version.

  • Upload your thesis and thesis access form to Apollo. If you were granted permission to submit additional materials alongside your thesis for examination, these must also be uploaded to the University repository alongside the electronic version of your thesis.If you are unsure how to do this, please contact the Office of Scholarly Communication for further advice at Please note that memory sticks, CDs or other carriers are not accepted with your harbound thesis except in exceptional circumstances.

  • Please note that it is not possible to make any amendments to the thesis once it has been submitted.

Managing access to your thesis (hardbound and electronic)

Before you upload the electronic copy of your thesis to the University’s repository, you will need to confirm the appropriate level of access to your thesis.  The level of access also applies to the version of your thesis deposited in the University library and any digitisation of the hardbound version and the version submitted electronically. This includes any grant of restricted access by your Degree Committee.’  If your Degree Committee requires a second copy of the thesis to be retained in the department library, you need to ask the departmental librarian about managing access to your thesis.

Guidance on the different access levels is available on the Office of Scholarly Communications webpages.  

You should:

  • agree the appropriate level of access with your supervisor taking account of any terms and conditions of your funding or any other relevant contractual arrangements. You are advised to start this discussion as early as possible following your viva. This will help to prevent delays when you submit your electronic thesis. A common cause for delays to students graduating is missing thesis access forms or forms which do not have the appropriate signatures.
  • complete the access confirmation form and you should upload the completed form (signed by your supervisor) to the repository when you upload your thesis. 
If you decide that access to your thesis should be restricted You will need to get Degree Committee approval for this.  Submit your completed access confirmation form to the Degree Committee who will determine the appropriate level of access and will return to you a completed form for you to upload with your thesis.
If you decide that access to your thesis should be 'indefinitely restricted'

You will need to get Degree Committee approval for this.  Submit your completed access confirmation form to the Degree Committee who will determine the appropriate level of access and will return to you a completed form for you to upload.

You should complete the access confirmation form, but you should not upload the thesis file.

If you or your supervisor are unable to agree on the appropriate level of access You should refer the matter to the Degree Committee who will determine the appropriate level of access and will return to you a completed form for you to upload.

Students who submitted the final version of their thesis before 1st October 2017

If you submitted the final version of your thesis before 1st October 2017 and wish to extend a period of restricted access that was previously agreed, you can apply for this using the Restricted Access Extension form. You can apply to extend the period of restricted access to your thesis by a maximum of two years with each application.

Your Supervisor and Degree Committee will need to sign the form to confirm their approval of the extension of the period of restricted access. Once the form is complete and signed by all parties, it should be submitted to the Student Registry by email to for final approval.