Student Registry

 

Reinstatement to the Register

Reinstatement to the register does not happen as a matter of course; each application is judged on its own merits.

A candidate who has an outstanding debt to the University or college will not be restored to the register unless the debt is cleared.

A candidate who has completed the minimum number of terms required for the degree and is not currently registered as a student will need to apply for reinstatement in order to submit their dissertation, or submit a revised dissertation for examination. If you wish to submit a corrected copy of your dissertation for further consideration from your examiner(s) the following also applies. Candidates who come off the register for a long period before submitting should be aware that, in some areas, research may go out of date very quickly and not meet the criteria for the degree. In addition, it is often not possible to obtain further supervision or scrutiny of work prior to submission. If you wish to apply for further supervision, you will need to make a case to your Degree Committee for their consideration. It may not be possible to agree to any request. If you have sought scrutiny of your work by a member of the Faculty, the outcome of this scrutiny cannot be taken to indicate that success in the examination is assured, but only whether the work is likely to be examinable for the degree sought.

If your name has been removed from the Register of Graduate Students, you will need to apply to be reinstated to the Register of Graduate Students in order to submit your dissertation using the reinstatement application form. Please note that it is not always necessary to obtain the signature of a supervisor, as in a number of cases, there is no supervisor appointed at this stage. On your completion of the application, please forward with any accompanying documents to your Degree Committee for consideration. The Degree Committee will make a recommendation to the Student Registry who, (on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies) will communicate its final decision to you and all interested parties. For information, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application by the Student Registry, but normally you will be advised that reinstatement is not actioned until you have submitted your final dissertation for examination to the Student Registry.


A candidate who has not completed the minimum number of terms required for the degree will similarly be required to submit work for scrutiny before being allowed to rejoin the course. In some cases, however, the time that has elapsed since the student deregistered is so great and/or the progress made by the student before deregistering is so slight, that the degree committee may decide that the applicant should not be reinstated but given leave to reapply for admission instead (that is, to apply in competition with other first-time applicants to begin the course afresh).

If your name has been withdrawn from the register and you wish to resume your research you will need to apply to be reinstated to the Register of Graduate Students.

In the case whereby you have been withdrawn and you would like to resume your studies, you will need to provide comprehensive details on a separate sheet to advise all parties on why you wish to resume. You must give details, for example, on what has changed and what you have been doing since the time you were withdrawn from the University. In addition, if you were withdrawn as you were not well enough to continue with your studies, you should attach current medical evidence to your application to indicate that you are now well enough to resume your studies.

On your completion of the application, please forward with all accompanying documents to your degree committee for consideration. The degree committee will make a recommendation to the Board who will communicate its final decision to you and all interested parties.


For further information please contact the Graduate Students Team.

Graduate Students Team (student.registry@admin.cam.ac.uk)