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Removal from the Register

In certain circumstances, a student can be removed from the Register of Graduate Students. This most commonly happens when a student has not met the deadline for submission of their thesis.  It can also occur if a student is not progressing in their studies or has not paid their fees.  Regulation 10 of the General Regulations for Admission as a Graduate Student details the instances in which a student can be removed from the Register.

If you need to take a break from study that is not covered by the rules for intermission, you can apply for temporary removal from the Register.  You would need to apply for reinstatement when you are ready to resume your studies, and should bear in mind that it is not always possible to accommodate a student wishin to be reinstated, especially if a significant period of time has passed since the removal request. 

The effects of removal from the Register

If you are removed from the Register of Graduate Students, you will no longer be recorded as a student of the University of Cambridge. This will mean that you will no longer be entitled to supervision or to use any University or College resources, including your University email address.

Reinstatement for submission

If you are removed from the Register because you have not met the deadline for submission of your thesis, you can apply for reinstatement to be examined once you have completed your thesis. You can find more information about this on the reinstatement to the register page.

International Students

If you are studying with a Tier 4 visa, the University is required to cease sponsorship for this visa with effect from the date of your removal from the Register. The International Student Office will confirm the implications of this by e-mail.  Please contact the International Student Office directly should you have any question about this:


If you have any questions about removal from the Register, please write to the Student Registry at