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University Calendar

Academic Dress

The regulations for academic dress are varied by award, and are established by the Senate (Delegated to the Chair of Education Committee).
Images of each form of academic dress will be displayed here soon.

Honorary/Postgraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards


Honorary/Postgraduate Awards

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet wool panama, faced with white silk and bound on inside edge with palatinate silk.

Hood

Scarlet wool panama, lined with white silk and bound on all edges with palatinate silk one inch wide.

Doctor of Civil Law (DCL)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet cassimere, sleeves and front faced with white silk, with soft black velvet square cap.

Undress

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Scarlet cassimere, lined with white silk.

Doctor of Divinity (DD)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet cassimere, sleeves and front faced with palatinate silk, with soft black velvet square cap, and black silk scarf.

Undress

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve, with black silk scarf.

Hood

Scarlet cassimere, lined with palatinate silk.

Doctor of Education(EdD)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet cassimere, faced with scarlet silk, bound on the inside edge with palatinate silk one inch wide. From bottom edge, sleeves bound four inches wide palatinate silk and four inches wide white silk.

Undress

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve, but with palatinate cord and button at the back.

Hood

Scarlet cassimere, lined with white silk, and bound on all edges with palatinate silk three inches wide.

Doctor of Letters (DLitt)

Gown

Full dress

Same as DCL, ie scarlet cassimere, but sleeves and front faced with old gold satin, with soft black velvet square cap.

Hood

Scarlet cassimere, lined with old gold satin.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Gown

Scarlet cassimere sleeves and front faced with palatinate cassimere and red silk.

Hood

Palatinate cassimere lined with palatinate and red silk.

Doctor of Music (DMus)

Gown

Full dress

Brocaded white satin of the standard design, sleeves and front faced with palatinate silk, with soft black velvet square cap.

Undress

Black silk, trimmed with broad black gimp.

Hood

Brocaded white satin, lined with palatinate silk.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet cassimere, faced with scarlet silk, bound on the inside edge with palatinate silk one inch wide.

Undress

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve, but with palatinate cord and button at the back.

Hood

Scarlet cassimere, lined with scarlet silk, and bound on all edges with palatinate silk one inch wide.

Doctor of Science (DSc)

Gown

Full dress

Same as DCL, ie scarlet cassimere, but sleeves and front faced with scarlet silk, with soft black velvet square cap.

Hood

Palatinate cassimere, lined with scarlet silk.

Doctor of Theology and Ministry (DThM)

Gown

Full dress

Scarlet panama, faced with red silk, edged with one inch palatinate silk. From bottom edge sleeves, bound with eight inch palatinate silk, edged with one inch black silk.

Hood

Scarlet panama, lined with palatinate silk. Outer edge bound in purple silk one inch wide. Cowel edged in black silk one inch wide.

Master of Arts (MA)

Gown

Black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk and two and one-half-inch wide white silk, and bound with scarlet silk half-an-inch wide on both sides.

Master of Education (MEd)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with white silk, and edged on both sides with palatinate silk one inch wide.

Master of Jurisprudence (MJur)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Palatinate silk, bound with white fur.

Master of Laws (LLM)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk, and bound with white silk half-an-inch wide
both sides.

Master of Letters (MLitt)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black corded silk, lined with old gold satin.

Master of Music (MMus)

Gown

Same as for undress DMus, ie black silk trimmed with broad black gimp, but without slit at the back and with the single line of gimp down the sleeve instead of concentrated at one end.

Hood

Black lined with white brocade and bound with palatinate silk.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with scarlet silk, and bound half inch with palatinate silk.

Master of Professional Practice (MProf)

Gown

Same as MA i.e. black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

 Black outer lined with palatinate silk.

Master in Research (MRes)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Palatinate silk, lined with white silk, neck band bound top and bottom with three-eighth-inch white silk.

Master of Science (MSc)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk, and bound with scarlet silk half-an-inch wide both sides.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Palatinate silk outer, simple shape, lined with palatinate taffeta with half inch binding in darker purple ribbon on cowl edge and neckband.

Master of Teaching and Learning (MTL)

Gown

Same as MA ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black outer, lined with white silk, trimmed with double row of palatinate ribbon half-an-inch wide.

Master of Theology (MTheol)

Gown

Same as MA, ie black cord or corded silk, with long half-moon sleeve.

Hood

Black, lined with black silk, and bound with palatinate silk one inch wide on
both sides.

Postgraduate Diploma

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, self-lined black, trimmed with double row of palatinate ribbon half-an-inch wide.

Postgraduate Certificate

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, self-lined black, trimmed with one row of palatinate ribbon half-an-inch wide.

Undergraduate Awards

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Gown

Black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black stuff, trimmed with white fur.

Bachelor of Chemistry (BChem)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black lined Palatinate silk, bound with white fur and one half inch wide Palatinate ribbon on outer edge.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black, lined with scarlet silk and a palatinate band three inches wide, and trimmed with white fur fabric on the cape.

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Palatinate silk, lined with maroon silk, and edged with white fur.

Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black edged with white silk four inches wide and trimmed with white fur.

Bachelor of Physics (BPhys)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with Palatinate silk, bound with white fur and dark purple ribbon one half inch wide on outer edge.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Palatinate silk, bound with white fur, and with a scarlet band half-an-inch wide next to the fur.

Master in Accounting (MAcc)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with cerise and one inch white ribon and edged with white fur.

Master in Anthropology (MAnth)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Palatinate outer, simple shape, lined with palatinate taffeta trimmed with fur.

Master in Arts (MArts)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with palatinate silk and bound with white fur.

Master in Business and Management (MBus)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with palatinate silk and one inch white ribon, bound with scarlet silk half-an-inch wide and trimmed with fur.

Master of Chemistry (MChem)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk, and bound with white fur and a palatinate corded ribbon one inch wide.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black silk, lined with scarlet silk, and bound with palatinate corded ribbon
one-half-inch wide.

Master in Marketing (MMark)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with palatinate silk and one inch white ribbon and trimmed with fur.

Master of Mathematics (MMath)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black silk, lined with cerise silk, and bound with white fur fabric.

Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) (wef Academic Year 2013/14 (1st cohort to enter on the programme))

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Purple outer, lined with red and trimmed with fur.

Master in Science (MSci)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black silk, lined with palatinate silk, and bound with white fur fabric and a scarlet corded ribbon one-half-inch wide.

Master of Physics (MPhys)

Gown

Same as BA, ie black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button.

Hood

Black outer, lined with Palatinate silk, bound with white fur and dark purple ribbon one inch wide.

Durham Scholars' Gown

Gown

Black cord, pointed sleeve, with cord and button, edged with palatinate ribbon one inch wide.

The description of hoods includes the word 'palatinate' which is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as 'purple, in Durham University, a light purple used in some academical robes.'

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