Research Degrees in Physical Sciences

  • 1. Master of Science by Research

    Applicants for admission as students for the Degree of Master of Science by Research shall in addition to the requirements of Regulations for the Degree of Master of Science by Research, §3, cl. 1, be required to undertake such other tests as the department concerned, acting through the candidate's head of department or sub-department shall determine. The Notes of Guidance provided by the department or sub-department will give details of these requirements.

  • 2. Doctor of Philosophy

    The form of written work to be submitted by candidates for admission as Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, and the manner of its examination, as required by Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, §3, cl. 2, shall be determined by the department concerned, acting through the candidate's head of department or sub-department. The notes of guidance provided by the department or sub-department will give details of these requirements. All candidates will be examined orally.

  • 3. Confirmation of status of students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

    The status of Students for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy will be confirmed by the board under the provisions of Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, §4, cl. 1, when it has received a certificate from the candidate's head of department or sub-department that he or she is continuing satisfactorily to conduct research. The candidate and the supervisor will be required to provide a clear indication of the proposed time-table for submission of the thesis.

  • 4. Theses

    (a) Longer abstracts: Earth Sciences, Chemistry, and Engineering

    Candidates for the Degrees of M.Sc. and D.Phil. in Earth Sciences must submit with their theses, in addition to the abstracts of them required of all candidates of up to 300 words, three copies of a longer abstract of not more than 1,500 words for the M.Sc. and 2,500 for the D.Phil., one copy of which shall be bound into the copy of the thesis which, if the application for leave to supplicate for the degree is successful, will be deposited in the Bodleian Library.

    Candidates for the Degrees of M.Sc. and D.Phil. in Chemistry or Engineering may if they wish submit with their theses, in addition to the abstract of them required of all candidates, a longer abstract of not more than 1,500 words for the M.Sc. and 2,500 for the D.Phil.. Should such an abstract be submitted, a copy of it must be bound into the copy of the thesis which, if the application for leave to supplicate for the degree is successful, will be deposited in the Bodleian Library. The fuller abstract may be bound into the other two copies of the thesis if candidates so desire.

    (b) Word limits

    Theses submitted by candidates in Materials shall not exceed 25,000 words for the M.Sc. and 40,000 words for the D.Phil., A4 size, double-spaced, but there is no limit on references, diagrams, tables, photographs, computer programmes, etc.

    Theses submitted by candidates for the Degree of D.Phil. in Physics (except Theoretical Physics) must not exceed 250 pages, A4 size, double spaced in normal-size type (elite), the total to include all references, diagrams, tables, etc.

    The text of theses submitted for the degree of D.Phil. in Theoretical Physics must not exceed 150 pages as defined above.

    Theses submitted by candidates for the Degree of M.Sc. in Physics must not exceed 150 pages as defined above.

    Theses submitted by candidates in Engineering Science must not exceed 250 pages for the Degree of D.Phil. or 200 pages for the Degree of M.Sc. They should be double spaced on A4 paper, in normal size type (Times New Roman, 12 point), the total to include all references, diagrams, tables, appendices, etc.

    The text of theses submitted for the Degree of D.Phil. in Earth Sciences must not exceed 250 pages as defined above, but there is no limit on diagrams, tables, etc.

    In special circumstances the Graduate Studies Committee of the appropriate department or sub department may, on application made before the thesis is submitted, grant leave to exceed the limit by a stated amount. Applications to exceed these limits must explain why the candidate believes the nature of the thesis is such that an exception should be made, and must be supported by the supervisor.