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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

The Department of Chemistry takes very seriously the provision of excellent and relevant graduate education, which will allow students to:

  • choose their own bespoke series of academic lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, directly supporting both research and broader chemistry knowledge base;
  • select from many researcher development opportunities to enhance their transferable skill-set and ultimate employability; and
  • attend careers sessions given by alumni of the Department.

Students interested in knowing more about our training should see the Training pages on our website.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Our Department also has numerous mentoring and tutoring support structures in place, which students may also choose to take advantage of.

 

Posters

Presentation is an integral and expected part of the experience every PhD student will have within the Department of Chemistry from first-year peer-to-peer presentations through to Departmental symposia at which our second- and third-year students present.

Opportunities also exist for students to attend national and international conferences within their field of enquiry.

Placements

If you are funded  by an industrial sponsor then there may be a requirement to undertake an industrial placement during your course. You will be advised if this is required.

Feedback

Informal feedback will be provided by supervisors during one-to-one supervision sessions, and as part of lab or research interest group meetings.

In addition, all graduate students receive termly online reports written by their supervisors.

Assessment

Thesis

Submission of a thesis, not exceeding 60,000 words, including summary or abstract, tables, and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures and diagrams, list of abbreviations, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements.

 

Other

All PhD students are probationary in the first year and progression to the second year (and registration for the PhD) depends on a successful first-year review.

Towards the end of the first year students are required to submit a written progress report. In addition to covering the research work completed during the year this should contain a review of appropriate literature and a clear indication of how the PhD will develop in the second and third years. The report is assessed by two assessors and an oral examination of the report will be undertaken.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Dec. 1, 2016
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2017
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
March 1, 2017
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2018
Course Starts
April 17, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2018

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
June 30, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
March 17, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 17, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 4, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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