PhD students' Third Year Progress Statement
It is expected that the PhD will be substantially completed by the end of the third year. Ideally, all practical work should be finished and the dissertation should be close to completion. In order to monitor progress, all research students submit a progress review at the end of their third year. This comprises either (a) showing your supervisor a complete draft of your dissertation or (b) submitting a brief report of 500 words (maximum), giving an overview of your work since submission of your second year report and a schedule for the next one to three terms' work. The 500-word report must include chapter headings, the status of each chapter, and a timetable for completion.
At the end of your third year, your supervisor will be asked to submit a progress review via the Cambridge Supervision Reporting System on CamSIS. If you submit (a), your draft dissertation, then your supervisor's progress review must include a statement that he or she has seen the draft and an evaluation of its state. If you submit (b), the 500-word report, then this will be read by your supervisor, the Chairman of the Graduate Education Committee and the Head of Department. You must submit three copies of (b), the 500-word report, to the Secretary of the Degree Committee by 30 September (or corresponding date), unless your supervisor has seen (a), a complete draft of your dissertation, before that date.
Secretary of the Degree Committee