In year 3 you will once again present your findings at the Graduate Student Symposium.  Most students are then ready to submit their dissertation.  It is imperative that you keep the Department informed of your plans with regards to this. You should email the Education Team when you start thinking about submitting your dissertation.

The steps to take are:

About two months before you are due to submit your dissertation, you will need to apply for examiners to be appointed.   Normally two examiners are appointed, one from within the University (internal) and one from another institution (external). You should Complete the  ‘Intention to Submit Form’ and email it to the Degree Committee together with a copy of your dissertation summary.  The form can also be downloaded from your Camsis self-service pages.  The Degree Committee will then set in motion the process of appointment by asking the Head of Department to make nominations.  Your Supervisor will be consulted at this point. The summary is used to inform the Head of Department and potential examiners about the content of your work.  Students are not expected to nominate potential examiners themselves.

The Student Registry will log in your dissertation and send it to the Higher Degrees Office who will send it out to your examiners with instructions about conducting the examination. The Internal Examiner will contact you in due course about the date, time and place for the viva (which is arranged by the Internal examiner).

The Department of Psychiatry recommends that students use the APA style of referencing.  For more details please visit:

Style of the dissertation –  please visit information issued by the Student Registry on the style and format of the dissertation:

The completed form and dissertation summary should be sent to:

Lesley Dixon

Deputy Head, Graduate and Clinical Academic Training

Secretary of the Degree Committee

School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0SP

Tel: 01223 (3)36720

*** Please make sure that you copy the Psychiatry Education Team into this email.

The form also contains a section for voluntary disclosure of any disability which you may wish your examiners to be made aware of. If you tick any of the boxes, you will be put in touch with the Disability Resource Centre who will then provide the necessary advice and guidance. If appropriate, the Degree Committee will advise the examiners accordingly. Your supervisor will be advised whether the nominations have been approved by the Degree Committee. You should then complete your writing-up and endeavour to submit 2 soft-bound copies of your dissertation to the Student Registry as soon as possible, and definitely before the end of your registration date. Information on the submission process can be found at:

At the examination you will be told about any necessary corrections, if these are minor, you may be issued with a set of required corrections. Once you have done these you must get them checked by the internal examiner. If you do not receive a list of corrections from the internal examiner at or after the viva, you will need to wait until after the Degree Committee has met to consider your reports. A copy of the reports and corrections will then be sent to you by the Student Registry.

You must submit your dissertation for examination within the maximum period of your study.  For full-time students this is 48 months (4 years) from the initial date of registration (taking into account any periods of authorised intermission).  Students who do not submit by this date will be removed from the University’s register of students.    Students who are unable to meet their submission deadline must apply to extend their registration date (see link below). If you are not able to submit before your final ‘end of registration date’ (as shown on CamSIS), you must talk to your supervisor to discuss whether there are grounds for you to apply for an extension or whether you should come off the Register of Graduate Students temporarily, until ready to submit. All such applications must be made before the end of your registration date. You must inform the Education Team in the first instance if you are unlikely to submit on time to ensure that you receive the appropriate advice and guidance.

For more details, please refer to:


Your viva will take place soon after your submission date, usually within 3 months.  The Graduate Education Committee have created a document which contains some (we hope) useful tips to help you prepare for the viva – VIVA TIPS.

IMPORTANT:  You must come off the Graduate Student Register before enrolling onto another graduate course or taking up employment.