This section contains information for postgraduate students. Information for all students is available in the guidance for all students section.

On this page:

Postgraduate taught students

Postgraduate research students

International postgraduate students

 

Postgraduate taught students

Teaching and assessment

There will be no face-to-face teaching in Cambridge in the Easter Term. All teaching will move online. During this time you will have access to the same teaching that you would have been provided in Cambridge, but remotely. 

No additional teaching will be provided outside of this normal teaching period. This remains the case even if you take your assessments in the second assessment period outside of Easter Term.

The alternative assessments will not require additional supervision or teaching, although your Faculty or Department may offer additional planned supervisions or teaching if they wish. 

The assessment page has all the information on the alternative assessment arrangements, including specific guidance for postgraduate taught students.

Dissertation

We understand that your progress may have been impeded by the coronavirus and closure of University buildings and that you may need more time to work on your dissertation.

If you need an extension you should contact your Department in the first instance. You may be asked to submit an extension request through your CamSIS self-service.

Please remember that your College Graduate Tutor can be a useful source of advice and support on this, to complement or clarify advice from your Supervisor.

Degree approval

Degree Committees and the Board of Graduate Studies will meet remotely over the coming months to consider the approval of degrees and other individual student matters.

Further guidance

If you need further advice or guidance please contact the Student Registry.

You can also contact your Supervisor, Course Director or Graduate Tutor as appropriate. 

Postgraduate research students

The University recognises that the closure of University buildings may have a severe impact on your ability to continue with your research. 

You should discuss with your Supervisor what work you can do during this time. This may include background reading, online language learning or drafting chapters. 

Your College Graduate Tutor can also be a useful source of advice and support during this time.

Options for continuing research

If you are able to work on your research and have left Cambridge

If you are no longer in Cambridge but still working on your research, you need to apply to work away from Cambridge. This is the case even if you are unable to work at your normal rate or carry out your normal research activities. We are asking you to do this so we are aware of your location as you will continue to be a registered student.

You do not need to have applied before you left Cambridge and you do not need to provide a risk assessment with your application.

Further information on applying to work away >

If you are able to work on your research and have remained in Cambridge

If you have remained in Cambridge and are able to undertake any work on your research (including background reading, drafting of chapters or similar activities) you do not need to take any action. 

If you are unable to work on your research from home

If you are unable to undertake any work on your research from home, you should consider applying for non-medical intermission. This will ensure that you do not lose the time that you cannot spend on your project. You should discuss this with your Supervisor before making an application.

Please be aware that this may have implications for your funding and for your visa if you are a Tier 4 student. You should seek advice from your funding body and the International Student Office before making an application.

Further information on non-medical intermission >

Extending your submission date

We understand that your progress may have been impeded by the coronavirus and that you may need more time to work on your research and prepare your thesis for submission. 

If you need additional time, you can apply to extend your submission date. 

For doctoral students, we recommend you apply around six months before your submission deadline when you will have a clear idea of the amount of additional time needed.

Before you submit your application to extend your submission date you need to:

  • Discuss the situation with your Supervisor
  • Ask you funding body whether it is possible to extend your period of funding

Students on fieldwork

If you are on fieldwork, you should continue to follow Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice, even if you are not a British national, and make/change your arrangements accordingly. 

If you are coming to the end of your fieldwork, you should consider returning home rather than coming back to Cambridge.

You need to inform us by emailing recordsandexams@admin.cam.ac.uk if:

  • You need to extend your period of fieldwork
  • You are unable to continue with your fieldwork
  • You have come to the end of your fieldwork and decide to return home rather than back to Cambridge
  • Travel restrictions prevent you from leaving your fieldwork location

Travel insurance

If you need to stay in your fieldwork location you should sign into the Chubb portal using the link in your original travel insurance cover confirmation and extend your cover. Do not make a new application as this will be invalid.

Students who are planning fieldwork will need to make alternative insurance arrangements as new trips will not be covered by University insurance. This is the case even if a certificate of insurance is obtained. 

Further guidance on travel insurance >

Maintenance stipends 

University-managed funds

Students who currently receive a maintenance stipend from funds managed within the collegiate University (including Cambridge Trust, Gates Cambridge, Harding, Departments and Colleges and UKRI DTPs and CDTs) will continue to receive their maintenance funding. 

External funders

We are in close contact with external funders and will provide further guidance about applying for extended funding when known.

Some funders also provide financial support for other incidental costs – students should contact their funding body for more details.

Financial hardship

If you are in financial hardship, please see the general student page for information on the help available, including the Postgraduate Hardship Fund

Submitting your thesis

Softbound thesis

We are working with the Degree Committees to receive your thesis electronically. You will receive more details from your Degree Committee shortly.

Once you have submitted your softbound thesis, your Degree Committee may arrange for your viva voce examination to be held via video conference. 

Hardbound and e-thesis

The Student Services Centre will not be open to receive theses. 

We have arranged with JS Wilson Bookbinders that they will store any hardbound theses bound by them until such time as the Student Services Centre re-opens. JS Wilson will let us know when your thesis has been bound and we will take that date as the date of submission of your hardbound thesis.

Contact JS Wilson >

If you do not use JS Wilson you may need to apply for an extension for the submission of your hardbound thesis. You can do this by emailing recordsandexams@admin.cam.ac.uk.

You should submit your e-thesis unless informed otherwise by the Student Registry.

Degree approval

Degree Committees and the Board of Graduate Studies will meet remotely over the coming months to consider the approval of degrees and other individual student matters.

Further guidance

If you need further advice or guidance please contact the Student Registry.

You can also contact your Supervisor, Course Director or Graduate Tutor as appropriate. 

International postgraduate students

Tier 4 visa holders

The Home Office recognises the exceptional circumstances of the current situation and the University will continue to sponsor a student’s Tier 4 visa during any disruption to studies as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and/or whilst continuing studies remotely. This is the case whether you are currently overseas or in the UK. 

Advice for research students

Research students should consider whether an application for Work Away or Intermission is appropriate to their circumstances. Tier 4 sponsorship continues during an approved period of ‘Work Away’, in accordance with usual procedures. 

As the current circumstances are exceptional, Tier 4 sponsorship can continue during a period of intermission of up to four months. This timeframe will be kept under review where students are unable to attend for a longer period owing to this situation and extended if permitted within Home Office guidance. Where a disruption to studies means a research student’s submission deadline is extended past their current Tier 4 visa expiry, a visa extension may be required in future and the International Student Office can provide further guidance at the relevant time

30 day travel vignette expiration

If your 30 day visa to travel to the UK for study has expired, or is about to expire, you can request a replacement visa with revised validity dates free of charge until the end of this year.

To make a request, contact the Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre. You’ll need to include your name, nationality, date of birth and your GWF reference number with ‘REPLACEMENT 30 DAY VISA’ in the subject line. If you’ve already contacted the Help Centre about this, please let them know in your email. You should then be contacted when the Visa Application Centres reopen to arrange for a replacement visa to be endorsed in your passport.

Students in this situation are advised to contact the International Student Office for further guidance prior to making the request.

Visa expiration

If you’re in the UK and your visa expired/expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 July 2020, your visa will be extended to 31 July 2020 if you are unable to leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus (COVID-19). This applies to all nationalities.

If you have already had your visa extended to 31 May 2020 under the previous coronavirus provision, your visa will be extended automatically to 31 July 2020.

If you have not yet requested an extension by updating your records with the Home Office, this extension will not be applied automatically. In these circumstances, you must contact the Home Office Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT) by completing an online form. The Home Office will contact you once your visa has been extended. You will not be required to enrol biometrics or attend any further appointments.

If you meet the visa requirements to make a longer-term visa application, during these exceptional circumstances up until 31 July 2020 you will be able to apply without the need to leave the UK even where this would not usually be possible (for example, switching into another visa category from a visitor visa, which normally could only be done from outside the UK).

Please note if you intend on applying for another visa inside the UK, you will have to attend a biometric appointment. All biometric enrolment service points were closed in March owing to the coronavirus outbreak but some centres will start to re-open from the 1 June. The service point in Cambridge Central Library remains closed at this time. The Home Office advises that if the nearest service point is closed you may be offered an appointment in a different location but that you can ask to wait for an appointment at a closer service point if you wish. This will not affect your immigration status.

For further guidance on student immigration matters, please contact the International Student Office.