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Degree Approval

MPhil/ MRes, MEd and MSt Degree Approvals

Once you have been examined for your degree, reports and marks are sent to the Degree Committee for consideration at their earliest meeting. The Degree Committee will send you a letter/email to confirm their decision and any further action you need to take. Degree Committee meeting dates can be found here.

It is your responsibility to keep your mailing addresses on CamSIS up to date, which can be done via your CamSIS Self Service account.


PhD, EdD, EngD, MD, MSc and MLitt Degree Approvals

After your oral examination (viva voce) the reports are sent to your Degree Committee for consideration at their earliest meeting. The Degree Committee's decision is then sent to the Student Registry who will email you with the decision.

Please note that your degree is not unconditionally approved until the Student Registry has formally confirmed this in writing.

The length of time it takes for approval will differ according to the schedule of meetings relating to the qualification and department concerned. Meetings take place in term time, so expect longer delays if your viva takes place towards the end of the Easter Term.

Degree Committee (and Postgraduate Committee) meeting dates can be found here

Congregation dates can be found here.


Conferment of Degree

Following unconditional approval for your degree you may choose:

  • to have your degree conferred (granted) at one of the University's Congregations (graduation ceremonies)
  • to delay recieving your degree until a time that is convenient for you and your family
  • to receive your degree without attending a ceremony - known as receiving the degree in absentia

Contact your college praelector or tutorial office to arrange any of these options.

The Praelector will make all the necessary arrangements for the degree to be conferred in the University's Senate House and will tell you what to wear for the Congregation, how to get tickets, where to hire hoods and gowns and how the ceremony operates.

You must not make any travel arrangements or book airline tickets until it has been confirmed which congregation you will be attending.

Students admitted on a Tier 4 Student Visa:

If you are being sponsored by the University on a Tier 4 student visa it is important that you know the date your visa expires, as the time scale from submission to approval can be a lengthy one.

The stages following submission include time for your examiners to receive, read and write their independent reports, arrange and undertake your viva and write their joint report. Results are then considered at a meeting of your Degree Committee and, for PhD and EdD students, the result must be confirmed by Student Registry.

Your degree is not approved until the Student Registry or - for MPhil, MEd, MSt and MRes the Degree Committee - has formally approved it in writing.

You must allow time for the completion of these examination processes if you need to receive notification of the outcome of your result by a certain date.

If you require advice regarding your visa please contact the International Student Office (