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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

This is a research-based programme and there is no formal teaching requirement. All students on this programme will be members of the University’s Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) who offer a wide variety of core skills and professional development training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the GSLS website for more information. 

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

Day to day feedback is provided through one to one meetings, regular group meetings and informal interactions, and students can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the online feedback and reporting system.

Assessment

Thesis

The thesis is a standalone piece of writing of fewer than 60,000 words describing the student's research.  It is written as a formal scientific document and is typically organised with the following sections:  introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion.  It is expected to make a significant contribution to existing knowledge in the field of study.  All students have to defend their theses by attending a viva voce examination conducted by two examiners, who will examine both the content of the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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 October following their assessment.

All students undergo a yearly progress review to determine training needs and record progress and achievements.

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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

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Dates and deadlines:

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 11, 2020

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

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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