The University requires that all students ‘keep’ a minimum of three terms of residence in Cambridge before they can be awarded any degree. Residence during a term is normally taken as evidence of a term of research, provided that work is carried out to the satisfaction of the appropriate Degree Committee.
The Dean is required to certify, on behalf of graduate members, that they have kept the necessary number of terms required for their course of study. Members are therefore required to sign a form, each term, supplied by the Deanery Office. A current list of term dates is available from the University website: http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/termdates.html.
Please note you must notify the Deanery, well in advance, if you intend to ‘work away’ or ‘intermit’ your studies.