Gowns and Hoods

Bachelors and Masters wear a black stuff or silk gown of the patterns customary for these degrees.

Doctors wear, in undress, a black stuff or silk gown of the customary pattern. In full dress, a Doctor of Philosophy wears a crimson cloth gown, with full sleeves reversed at the edge in front, with silk facings and sleeve-linings of colours proper to the Faculty in which the degree has been obtained; other Doctors wear a scarlet cloth gown, with full sleeves reversed at the edge in front, with silk facings and sleeve-linings of colours proper to the respective Faculties.

Bachelors’ hoods are of the Oxford form, and are made of black stuff or silk, except in the Faculty of Music, in which they are made of dark blue silk. In all Faculties, except the Faculty of Medicine, Bachelors’ hoods are bordered with silk of the colours proper to the respective Faculties; in the Faculty of Medicine they are lined with silk of the colours proper to the Faculty and are bordered with white (Medicine and Surgery) or purple (Dentistry).

Masters’ hoods are of the Cambridge form, and are made of black silk, except in the Faculty of Music, in which they are made of dark blue silk. Masters’ hoods are lined with silk of the colours proper to the respective Faculties. In addition the hood of a Master of Philosophy is bordered with crimson and the hoods of a Master of Surgery and a Master of Dental Science are bordered with white and purple respectively. The hood of a Master of Research is lined with silk of the colours proper to the Faculty in which the degree was awarded.

Doctors’ hoods are of the Cambridge form. They are made of scarlet cloth, except in the case of a Doctor of Philosophy, whose hood is made of crimson cloth. The hoods of Doctors are lined with silk of the colours proper to the Faculty in which the degree has been obtained, the hood of a Doctor in Medicine being, in addition, bordered with white.

The colours proper to the Faculties are:


Arts or Letters
BA, MA, DLitt Mazarin blue shot with green
BLib, MLib Mazarin blue shot with green, edged with white

Science
BSc, MMath, MChem, MPhys, MSc,DClinPsy, DSc, DEdPsy Bronze colour (yellow shot with black)
BEng, MEng, EngD Red shot with green
BPharm, MPharm Shot silk of saxe Blue

Music
BMus, MMus, DMus Pearl colour (a shot silk of three hues)

Law
LLB, LLM, LLD  Red shot with purple

Theology or Divinity
BD, MTh, DD Mazarin blue shot with red
BTh Mazarin blue shot with red, edged with white

Medicine
MB, BCh, MD, MCh Green shot with black, edged with white
BMedSc  Bronze colour (yellow shot with black), edged with green shot with black
BDS, BSD, MScD, DDSc Shot silk of saxe blue, edged with purple
BN, MN, DNursSci Green shot with white, edged with red
MPH Green shot with black, edged with emerald green

Architecture
BArch Shot silk of scarlet red

Economic and Social Studies
BScEcon, MScEcon, DScEcon Red shot with yellow
EMBS, MBA Red shot with yellow, edged with pale blue

Education
BEd, MEd, EdD Green shot with white

Bachelors, Masters and Doctors in undress wear the ordinary square cap. Doctors in full dress wear a similar cap of black velvet with a black silk tassel.

(The University is in the process of devising a distinct form of academic dress which holders of certain Diplomas will be entitled to wear.)

Robe-Makers to the University (By appointment)

Ede and Ravenscroft Ltd, 93 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1DU. (Telephone 020 7405 3906.) Representatives of this firm attend all Congregations of the University, for the purposes of robing the graduands.

University Badge

The University Badge takes the form of the Shield only, from the Arms of the University, and is made of murrey silk or wire thread woven into a back-ground or field of argent. The eight mullets, or stars, and the three lamps are of ’old gold’ silk thread or wire. Subscribed are the words Goreu Awen Gwirionedd .