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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

Students are supervised by their faculty member and postdoctoral scientists within the team. Discussions are provided on a daily basis at the bench and weekly during lab meetings and journal clubs.

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

Students are supervised by their faculty member and postdoctoral scientists within the team on a daily or weekly basis.

The regularity with which postgraduate students meet with their Supervisor varies throughout the year but meetings are likely to be more frequent to start with, during the planning stages, and during the writing-up phase. All students should have the opportunity to seek formal feedback from their Supervisor, and Supervisors should have the opportunity to give such feedback.

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

Seminars & classes

There is an active weekly seminar programme on site and students can also attend seminars held in Cambridge. Students are able to attend a number of training courses in transferable and general research skills.

Lectures

Students are expected to attend the Institute's Graduate Student Lecture series which comprises approximately thirty 45-minute lectures by the Institute's faculty members, held between October and February.

Journal clubs

Students are expected to attend the fortnightly Students' Journal Club. Students are also expected to participate in the programme of journal clubs held within their own research area.

Posters

Students are expected to present their work at the research talks and laboratory meetings held within their own research area. Students may also have opportunities to present their work at national and international scientific meetings.

Feedback

The supervisor on average will meet with the student on a one-to-one basis every two weeks to discuss progress with the student. 

Students can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the online feedback and reporting system.

Assessment

Thesis

The scheme of examination for the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study in Biological Science for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Wellcome Sanger Institute

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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
June 30, 2020
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
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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