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Durham University

Graduate School

The Award of Your Degree

Following a successful examination, you will be asked to upload an electronic copy of your thesis to the e-thesis repository:

Once you have done this, you have completed your degree and the following will happen:

  • the University will update your student record to confirm that you have successfully completed your programme of study;
  • a pass list and congratulatory letter will be generated and issued to you.

The letter and pass list will confirm that you have met the requirements of the degree, subject to conferment at congregation and being free from debt. Until the degree has been officially conferred, the University can provide you with a statement confirming that they have satisfied the examiners, should copies of the Pass List not be considered adequate by other authorities.

Included with the letter and pass list will be information on how to register for the next congregation ceremonies, whether you wish to receive your degree in person or in absentia, and how to ensure that your parchment - which will be sent to you after the congregaton ceremony - is sent to the correct addresss.

If you wish to attend congregation, you will need to register for the ceremony by the registration deadline (available from the Ceremonies webpages below), and you will need to have uploaded your final thesis by the pass list deadline.

The deadline for uploading your thesis is:

  • for Summer Congregation: 5th June 2020
  • for Winter Congregation: 29th November 2019

Further information on congregation is available from the Ceremonies webpages:

It is important to note that students with any outstanding debts to the University (e.g. tuition fees, accommodation charges, library fines, overdrawn printer credit account) will not be able to go through congregation until the debts have been settled. Students cannot claim to have been awarded the degree until they have gone through congregation, either in person or in absentia.