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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

One to one supervision

Each student is assigned a principal supervisor who has expertise in the student’s research area and is accessible to offer advice on all aspects of the PhD. The supervisor's main role at the LMB is to help students clarify their own ideas and guide their independent research efforts. PhD students are expected to have the capacity and enthusiasm for organising their own research and to work on their own initiative.

Students are also supported by a second supervisor and University supervisor, who form the student's supervisory team. Regular meetings ensure students receive timely advice and support throughout their PhD.

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

 

Feedback

Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD is assessed via a PhD dissertation and a subsequent viva. The thesis is not to exceed 60,000 words (80,000 by special permission) excluding bibliography, figures, appendices etc. Double-spaced or one-and-a-half spaced. Single or double-sided printing.

Other

All full-time students are assessed before the end of the first year (before the end of the second year for part-time students) as a requirement for registration for a PhD. At the LMB this assessment has two parts:

  • a short written report to be submitted nine months after PhD start date (20 months for part-time students)
  • an assessment meeting with two assessors (usually their second supervisor and University supervisor) within ten months of PhD start date (within 22 months for part-time students)

Students must also present their research progress and future plans to the next cohort of students in the October following their assessment.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

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 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Lent 2020

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018