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How to Submit Your Dissertation

How to Submit Your Dissertation

MPhil in Engineering; MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

PhD in Engineering; PhD in Chemical Engineering; PhD in Biotechnology

MPhil (in Engineering or Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)

Word Limit

15,000 words, exclusive of footnotes, bibliography and appendices. The Degree Committee cannot give permission to exceed the word limit.

Final Submission Dates

Students starting in October – 31 August (2pm)
Students starting in January – 30 November (2pm)

Extensions can only be granted in limited circumstances; see Extending your submission date.

Appointment of Examiners and Approval of Title

Four weeks before you intend to submit your dissertation, please complete the online Intention to Submit Form. After consulting with your supervisor, the GSO will arrange for your examiners to be appointed and your title approved.

Format and presentation

Please see the information on the Student Registry website.

Where to Submit

Your thesis should be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, Room BEO-24, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street. Details of what you must include can be found here.

Examination Procedure

Two soft bound copies of the final version of your thesis must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office. The examiners of your thesis will want to satisfy themselves that it is clearly written, that it takes account of previously published work on the subject and that it represents a contribution to learning.  The regulations for the MPhil in Engineering also require that the thesis provides evidence that you can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

You will be required to attend an oral examination on your thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The oral examination is normally held in the Department within eight weeks of the submission date. If you are planning to leave the country at the end of your course, you may need to be examined early and should aim to submit your thesis well before the last possible date.

Following your viva, the examiners will make a recommendation to the Degree Committee. After the Degree Committee has met, you will receive an email notifying you of the result of your degree and your degree approval will be added to CamSIS (unless corrections are required). If the outcome is that you are required to make corrections to your thesis before approval, you will be given three weeks (for minor corrections) or six weeks (for major corrections) from the date you are notified. When your examiners have confirmed that the corrections have been completed, your degree approval will be added to CamSIS.

PhD (in Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology)

Word Limit

65,000 words, including appendices, bibliography, footnotes, tables and equations, and 150 figures. See Word limits and requirements of your Degree Committee. If you need to increase your word limit, you must apply for permission via your CamSIS self-service account.

Final Submission Dates

The PhD dissertation should be submitted before the last day of your fourth year of study. You can find your submission deadline on your CamSIS self-service account. The earliest date you can submit is the first day of your ninth term. Extensions can only be granted in limited circumstances; see Extending your submission date.

Appointment of Examiners and Approval of Title

Four weeks before you intend to submit your dissertation, please complete the online Intention to Submit Form. After consulting with your supervisor, the GSO will arrange for your examiners to be appointed and your title approved.

Format and presentation

Please see the information on the Student Registry website.

Where to Submit

PhD dissertations are submitted at the Student Registry on Mill Lane where they are checked, logged and then forwarded to the Graduate Studies Office. Providing examiners have been appointed, your dissertations will be forwarded to the examiners within 2 days of receipt. For details where to submit your dissertation and what paperwork to include, see Submitting your Dissertation.

Examination Procedure

See After Submission for information.