Certificates and transcripts

Summer 2020 graduation postponed

We have taken the difficult decision to postpone our graduation ceremonies. We are working hard to schedule alternative gatherings when possible, and we thank everyone for their understanding. We will be in touch across the next few weeks with further information. We have also provided answers to some questions you might have

The Examination Board will still meet to confirm that you have met the criteria to be awarded your degree. This will take place for undergraduate finalists during July and during September (for students who need to defer some assessments).

Find out when you will receive your certificate or transcript and what arrangements are being made for future ceremonies.

Find out more about when you will get your certificate, what to do if you have lost your certificate and how to get a transcript. Postgraduate research students can also find out what they need to do to get their certificate.

When you will get your certificate

Attending a ceremony

You will get your degree certificate at the ceremony you attend. If you have deferred your graduation and so you do not have your certificate, you can get an award verification letter

Not attending a ceremony

If you 'graduate in absentia' you will receive your degree certificate in the post. You will need to make sure we have your correct address on our records.

You can also collect it in person from the Examinations Office - dates when certificates can be collected will be confirmed nearer the date. You will need to email exams-office@bristol.ac.uk to let them know you are coming to collect your certificate.

You can also nominate someone to collect the certificate for you. You will need to email exams-office@bristol.ac.uk giving the name of your nominated person.  ID will be required to pick up the certificate.

Postgraduate Research students

You will receive your certificate at your ceremony as long as:

  • the exam board has received written confirmation that you have made any corrections
  • you have submitted the definitive library copy of your thesis. 

If this is not done in time for the ceremony, your certificate will be posted to your registered address, once these actions have been completed.

Waiting for your certificate 

The Education Process Improvement and Records Team provides verification of awards.

If you need proof of your degree while you are waiting to receive your certificate, you can get an award verification letter.

If you have any questions, email award-verification@bristol.ac.uk.

Replacement certificates

If you have lost or damaged your certificate, you can purchase a replacement certificate.


Transcripts are provided by your faculty office - find out how to get a transcript.

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