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Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences & Geography


A maximum of two attempts are allowed for the PhD examination.

If the PhD cannot be recommended, the candidate will be recommended for the award of a lower qualification. In most cases, this would happen only after the candidate has had an opportunity to revise the orginal thesis and be re-examined. If the work is still judged not to be up to doctoral standard, the award of an MSc or MPhil may be recommended if it meets the University criteria for those degrees. The final decision is made by the Degree Committee and ratified by the Postgraduate Committee, taking into account the Examiners' and Degree Committee recommendations.

A candidate may choose to accept the lower qualification, but if (s)he feels unfairly treated, (s)he may seek a review of the examination under the University's Examination Review Procedure.


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Office closures

The Degree Committee for the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Geography will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 28 March 2024 and will reopen again on Tuesday 2 April 2024.
Research degree theses should still be submitted by your submission deadline even if that falls over the holiday period.