Regulations for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
Council Regulations 22 of 2002
Made by Council on 26 June 2002
Amended on 14 June 2005, 11 October 2005 (Gazette, Vol. 139, p. 1004, 30 April 2009), 14 October 2010, 21 June 2011 (Gazette, Vol. 141, p. 724, 16 June 2011), 23 June 2011 30 June 2011, 8 March 2013 (Gazette, Vol. 143, p. 372-373, 21 February 2013), 14 May 2013 (Gazette, Vol. 143, p. 564, 16 May 2013; Gazette, Vol. 5027, p. 5027, 30 May 2013), 10 October 2014 (Gazette, Vol. 145, p. 2, 25 September 2014), 7 August 2015 (Gazette, Vol. 145, p. 694-696, 23 July 2015), 3 October 2016 (Gazette, Vol. 147, p. 72, 13 October 2016) and 27 November 2018 (Gazette, Vol.149, p.163, 29 November 2018).
1.1. No person shall be presented for a degree unless he or she:
(1) has paid all the sums due from him or her to the University;
(2) has fulfilled the academic requirements for the degree, except in so far as dispensed from them;
(3) has completed the periods of residence required for the degree, except in so far as dispensed from them;
(4) has a grace from his or her college, society, Permanent Private Hall, or other designated institution in the form given in the Regulations of Congregation for the Conduct of Ceremonies, and each Dean or other appropriate officer has given to the Registrar before the ceremony a list signed by him or her of the candidates to whom the college, society, hall, or other designated institution has given a grace.
1.2. (1) Notwithstanding the provisions of the Regulations for Examinations or any other relevant regulation, persons may supplicate more than once for the same degree provided that each subsequent supplication relates to a different subject for which they have fulfilled the relevant examination requirements.
(2) Any person who, under the provisions of the Regulations for Examinations or any other relevant regulation, has satisfied the examiners or is granted permission to supplicate for a degree which has already been conferred upon him or her, and has satisfied all other necessary requirements laid down by statute or regulation for the award of the degree, shall, if he or she so requests, be issued with a certificate to the effect that he or she has satisfied the requirements for the award of the degree in question.
1.3. Any degree of the University may be conferred upon a person who is not present to receive the degree, under the conditions prescribed by these regulations, if the candidate, having satisfied all the conditions laid down for the degree for which he or she desires to supplicate and having obtained the grace of his or her college, society, hall, or other designated institution, supplicates for the grace of Congregation.
1.4. Persons so admitted to degrees in absence shall pay such fees as are prescribed by Council by regulation.
1.5. (1) Any person on whom the Degree of Bachelor of Letters or Bachelor of Philosophy (in a subject other than Philosophy) has been conferred may apply to the Registrar through his or her college, society, hall, or other designated institution for the redesignation of the title of his or her degree to that of Master of Letters or of Master of Philosophy respectively.
(2) On receipt of such an application, the Registrar shall issue a revised degree certificate and amend his or her records accordingly.
1.6. (1) Any person on whom the Degree of Bachelor of Science has been conferred may apply to the Registrar through his or her college, society, hall, or other designated institution for the redesignation of the title of his or her degree to that of Master of Science.
(2) On receipt of such an application, the Registrar shall issue a revised degree certificate and amend his or her records accordingly.
1.7. (1) The incorporation of any person under the provisions of these regulations shall mean his or her admission to the same degree or position in this University as that to which he or she has attained in his or her former university.
(2) The relevant divisional board shall have power to determine whether the particular qualifications by examination which a person incorporated has obtained at his or her former university may be accepted, for the purpose of any statute or regulation concerning an examination under the supervision of that board, as the equivalent of any particular qualifications obtained at this University.
1.8. (1) The privileges of incorporation shall be limited to Bachelors of Arts, Masters of Arts, Bachelors of Divinity, and Doctors of Divinity of the University of Cambridge or the University of Dublin, and Masters of Engineering, Masters of Natural Sciences, Bachelors of Law, Doctors of Law, Bachelors of Medicine, Doctors of Medicine, and Masters of Surgery of the University of Cambridge, and shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a) a person who has been awarded both the Degree of Bachelor or Master of Arts and the Degree of Master of Engineering or Natural Sciences by that university shall not be admitted to either of the first- or second-named degrees of this University as well as to the Degree of Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics;
(b) Council shall determine from time to time the subjects studied for the Degree of Master of Natural Sciences of the University of Cambridge which shall respectively qualify an eligible holder of that degree to be admitted to the Degree of Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, or Physics of this University.
(2) Doctors of Science and Doctors of Music of the University of Cambridge or the University of Dublin, Doctors of Letters and Doctors of Philosophy of the University of Cambridge, and Doctors of Literature and Doctors of Philosophy of the University of Dublin may apply for incorporation if at the same time, being qualified, they apply for incorporation as Masters of Arts; but such persons, though not qualified for incorporation as Masters of Arts, may be incorporated as doctors if they are qualified under section 3 of Statute IV to become members of Congregation.
(3) Bachelors of Law and Doctors of Law of the University of Cambridge shall, when incorporated, become Bachelors of Civil Law and Doctors of Civil Law respectively of this University; and Doctors of Literature of the University of Dublin shall, when incorporated, become Doctors of Letters of this University.
1.9. (1) Every person who desires to be incorporated as a graduate must obtain the permission of Council, and for this purpose he or she must make an application to Council through the head or vicegerent of a college, society, Permanent Private Hall, or other designated institution.
(2) The application must be supported by a written statement showing that there are adequate reasons for granting the permission for which the person applies, and by evidence showing that he or she has kept by residence at Cambridge or Dublin, before taking the degree, the same number of terms as he or she would have been required to keep by residence at Oxford before admission to the corresponding degree at this University; and the following conditions shall apply:
(a) permission for the incorporation of a Bachelor of Arts or a Master of Engineering or a Master of Natural Sciences shall not be granted unless Council receives from the college, society, hall, or other designated institution which submits the application an assurance that the candidate has obtained the consent of all the authorities necessary before taking up a definite course of study in Oxford, and that he or she proposes to pursue that course of study and is stated by proper authorities of Cambridge or Dublin to be of good character or has obtained some educational position in the University;1
(b) permission to incorporate as a Master of Arts shall not be granted unless the candidate either fulfils the conditions laid down under (a) above for the incorporation of a Bachelor of Arts, or has obtained some educational position in Oxford, or has rendered valuable services to the University or to its members.
1.10. (1) If a person desires to be incorporated as an undergraduate, the permission of Council shall not be required.
(2) Evidence of admission to the University of Cambridge or of Dublin shall qualify the person for registration for matriculation at Oxford; and any person so incorporated, who is qualified to enter at Cambridge or Dublin for any final examination leading to a degree, shall be exempt from the First Public Examination and, subject to the provisions of the relevant Examination Regulations, shall be qualified for admission to the Second Public Examination.
1.11. (1) Incorporations shall take place at a meeting of Congregation.
(2) The name of a person who desires to be incorporated at any such meeting shall be entered at the University Offices by some officer of a college, society, hall, or other designated institution not later than noon on the fifteenth day before that on which the meeting is to be held.
1.12. The name of any person who desires to be incorporated as an undergraduate must be entered within twenty-one days of his or her matriculation or provisional matriculation.
1.13. At the time of entering a name the following certificates, signed by the proper authorities at Cambridge or at Dublin, must be produced to the Registrar:
(1) a certificate of the date of matriculation;
(2) a certificate showing the number of terms during which the candidate's name has been on the books of the college or other institution of which he or she has been a member;
(3) a certificate showing all the terms kept by residence;
(4) if the candidate is an undergraduate, a certificate showing the university examinations which he or she has passed at Cambridge or Dublin;
(5) if the candidate is a graduate, a certificate of admission to the degree;
(6) if the candidate is a Master of Natural Sciences of the University of Cambridge, a certificate showing the Part III Natural Sciences Tripos examination passed.
1.14. In every case of incorporation, the Registrar shall certify in Congregation that the conditions of regulations 1.9, 1.12, and 1.13 above have been fulfilled.
1.15. Before supplicating in Congregation for incorporation, whether as a graduate or as an undergraduate, every person who desires to be incorporated must be matriculated as a member of this University (whether in person or in absence) or have been provisionally matriculated, and must pay the fees prescribed by Council by regulation, subject to the following conditions:
(1) persons who are to be incorporated into the Degree of Master of Arts and into some other degree shall be required to pay only the fee for one degree, whichever fee is the higher;
(2) persons who incorporate by virtue of having obtained some educational position in the University shall not be required to pay any fee for being so incorporated.
1.16. A person incorporated shall be permitted to reckon as terms kept by residence those terms during each of which he or she was actually resident in his or her former university for not less than forty-two days.
1.17. (1) The standing of a person incorporated as an undergraduate or a Bachelor of Arts or a Master of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics shall be reckoned from the date of his or her matriculation at Cambridge or at Dublin.
(2) The standing of all other persons incorporated shall be reckoned from the day of their incorporation.
1.18. A person incorporated as a Doctor of Divinity, Medicine, or Civil Law, or as a Master of Arts, shall acquire the right of voting in Convocation on incorporation.
2.1. The holders of the following degrees shall rank in the order shown:
Doctor of Divinity
2.2. Within each degree the order shall be determined by the date on which the holder was admitted to the degree, and in the case of persons admitted on the same day, by the alphabetical order of their names.
2.3. Members of Congregation who are not the holders of a degree of the University shall have academic precedence and standing immediately above that of the holder of the Degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University who is not also a Master of Arts; and among such members of Congregation the order shall be determined by the date on which each was admitted to membership, and, in the case of persons admitted on the same day, by the alphabetical order of their names.
Doctor of Divinity (DD)
4.1. Congregation shall have the power to deprive any individual of any degree of the University for any reason it thinks fit.
4.2. Save in respect of Honorary Degrees and Degrees by Diploma, the procedure for de-gradation shall be determined by Council on each occasion.
4.3. The procedure for the de-gradation of Honorary Degrees and Degrees by Diploma shall be as laid down by Council from time to time.
1 Council has decided that graduates reading for a Final Honour School should not normally be allowed to incorporate, and that candidates for those certificates and diplomas open to non‑members of the University should, in general, not be allowed to incorporate but that applications submitted on behalf of candidates for such certificates and diplomas could nevertheless be considered.
2 If the Degree of Master of Biochemistry or Biology or Chemistry or Computer Science or Earth Sciences or Engineering or Mathematics or Mathematics and Computer Science or Mathematics and Philosophy or Physics or Physics and Philosophy is held together with a higher degree, the holder will rank in precedence equally with a person who holds the same higher degree together with the Degree of Master of Arts.