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There are two Degree Committees within the remit of the Graduate School, representing the three Faculties:  the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology and the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical and Veterinary Medicine (click on the links for details of the Committee membership).  Each graduate course, and each graduate student, is under the oversight of the Degree Committee for the relevant Faculty.  Click here for a link to a list of Departments and which Degree Committee they belong to.

Degree Committees report to the Board of Graduate Studies (BGS). Meetings are timed to lead into the next BGS meeting and so to the next available Degree Congregation.  The Committees:


  • Recommend candidates for admission to courses
  • Monitor students' progress
  • Recommend continuation after a probationary period of research for the PhD
  • Recommend candidates for PhD degrees (on recommendation of the Examiners)
  • Approve candidates for MPhil and MRes degrees (on recommendation of the Examiners)
  • Appoint Supervisors and Examiners
  • Consider and respond to consultations by the Board of Graduate Studies on matters of educational policy concerning graduate education
  • Put before the Board proposals for modification or suppression of existing courses, or provision of new ones

Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences


We are the largest centre for research and professionial training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a unique experience to a community of around 2000 postgraduate students spread across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.