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Teaching

One to one supervision

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

All students are expected to have regular meetings with their supervisor. In addition, each student meets regularly with the programme mentoring committee to review progress. 

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings and attend journal clubs, and to present at departmental seminars and at meetings of learned societies.

1st and 3rd year students are expected to give a short talk at the annual summer symposium.

Posters

2nd year students are required to present a poster at the annual summer symposium.

Feedback

Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all supervisors involved in their research project. This could take place during one-to-one meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, students can expect to receive a written online report each term.

Assessment

Thesis

PhD students are expected to submit a thesis, of no more than 60,000 words, within four years of commencing study. The thesis is examined at a  viva by one internal and one external examiner appointed by the faculty degree committee.

Other

All PhD students are probationary in their first year. Towards the end of the first year, students are required to submit a report, the purpose of which is to provide evidence of their suitability for registration for a PhD. This will be assessed at an oral examination by two examiners, and the student will need to pass in order to be formally registered for the PhD.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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