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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Clinical Medicine is no longer accepting new applications.


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. 


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.



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.


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.

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.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
March 15, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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