It is our aim to develop in our students the skills required to submit a satisfactory PhD thesis at the end of 3 or 4 years, or part-time over 5 years. In order to achieve this, a student will have acquired the essential skills required to design and conduct experiments (including applying for ethics approval where necessary), to analyse results, and to communicate these both in writing and orally. These skills will include those that can be transferred successfully to their choice of academic or other career.
The PhD at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience is achieved by supervised research and is under the jurisdiction of the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology. The Graduate School of Life Science also helps by providing transferable skills training too. Within the Department, the internal Departmental Graduate Educational Committee is responsible for all aspects of the running of the degree. A suitable project falling within the interests of the supervisor, and sustainable within the limits imposed by the facilities available in the Department, is agreed by both student and supervisor, and endorsed by the Graduate Committee at the point of admission. Each graduate student has a primary Supervisor, who will supervise the main body of their research, and an Advisor who acts as a supplementary source of advice and support.
Students attend a variety of seminars given by distinguished scientists and are also able to present their research by giving seminars at our annual symposium, usually in their first and third years.
The majority of students start in October, but it is also possible to start in January or April. The Department has over 40 potential Ph.D. supervisors. It has a flourishing graduate community with over 100 research students. Full information on potential supervisors and research projects can be found on the department website http://www.pdn.cam.ac.uk/graduate/index.shtml . Contact potential supervisors in the first instance, sending your CV and the names of two referees. General enquiries concerning graduate opportunities within the Department of PDN can also be directed to email@example.com. Initial enquiries should be made as early as possible.