What to wear

Graduating students are expected to wear academic dress. This consists of the following dress code, plus a gown and a hood:

  • dark lounge suit or dress kilt outfit, white shirt with a white bow tie and dark shoes
  • dark skirt, dark trouser suit or dress kilt outfit, white shirt or blouse and dark shoes
  • all graduands may wear the national costume or dress for their country of birth or ordinary residence.

Dress code

All graduating students should be aware that your graduation hood will attach to the top button of your shirt or blouse.

Jeans, trainers and other casual clothing are not permitted; you may be excluded from the ceremony if you are not wearing appropriate academic dress.

An example of the correct academic dress can be seen in the how to graduate instructional video

Gowns

Most graduating students should wear a black graduate's gown and carry the relevant hood. 

MPhil students wear a black graduate’s gown with gold facings.

MFA students wear a black graduate’s gown with cherry facings.

PhD and DPerf students wear a blue gown. 

MD students wear a red gown.

Gown hire

Gown and hood hire can be arranged with Ede & Ravenscroft. Gowns should be ordered at least 21 days before your graduation ceremony.

Hoods

The hood you will wear corresponds to the degree you are due to receive. 

  • Doctor of Divinity (DD): Violet silk or cloth lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Engineering (DEng/EngD): Midnight blue silk lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Languages (DLang): Green silk lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Laws (LLD): Pimento silk or cloth lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Letters (DLitt): Saffron yellow silk lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): Medici Crimson. Darker version of the BSc hood lined with an ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Music (MusD): Sky blue silk or cloth lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Science (DSc): Purple-lilac silk or cloth lined with ivory white satin.
  • Doctor of Performing Arts (DPerf): Blue silk lined with dark purple cloth.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Blue silk lined with ivory white satin.
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil): Black silk lined with gold silk or cloth.
  • Master of Research (MRes): Black silk lined with spectrum blue.
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA): Black silk with cherry silk lining.
  • Master of Letters (MLitt): Black silk lined with saffron yellow silk or cloth.
  • Master of Science (MSc): Black silk with purple-lilac silk or cloth.
  • Master of Studies (MSt): Black silk lined with saffron yellow silk or cloth.
  • Master in Biochemistry (MBiochem): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Biology (MBiol): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Chemistry (MChem): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Geology (MGeol): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Marine Biology (MMarBiol): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Mathematics (MMath): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Physics (MPhys): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master in Science (MSci): Black silk with 3” purple-lilac silk or cloth border.
  • Master of Arts (MA): Black silk with cherry silk lining.
  • Master of Theology (MTheol): Black silk lined with violet silk or cloth.
  • Bachelor of Divinity (BD): Violet silk or cloth bordered with white fur.
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc): Purple-lilac silk or cloth bordered with white fur.
  • Bachelor of Arts (International Honours) (BA): Saffron yellow silk or cloth bordered with white fur and faced inside with 3” of cherry silk lining.
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): Black silk with 3” spectrum blue silk or cloth border.