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Graduate Admissions

Applications are co-ordinated by the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI). During year one you will be a probationary PhD student. Registration for the PhD, towards the end of year one, is dependent on the successful completion of a first-year report and an oral examination. 

The word limit for the PhD thesis is 60,000 and you will be examined orally on your thesis and on the wider field of knowledge.

Each student is supported by a thesis committee, which also assesses their progress and provides feedback.  A thesis committee is comprised of a principal supervisor, who is normally the head of the research team, a second group leader from within the Institute and an additional 1 or 2 external members.  Dr Ann Kaminski (Head of Scientific Administration) acts as the first point of contact for any student with a query or difficulty that is not directly related to their scientific work.  All student matters in the Institute are overseen by the CRUK CI Postgraduate Training Committee and the Cancer Biology Graduate Education Committee, both of which have the well-being of our students at heart.

All students are encouraged to attend lectures of interest both in the Institute and in the wider University. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied opportunities including transferable skills training offered by both the Institute and the University. Students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings relevant to their course of study. All students in the Institute are members of the student-run graduate society which organises regular scientific and social events.


Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

At the University Centre in central Cambridge, you will be able to speak to students and staff from CRUK CI who will be available to answer any questions you may have about the course or about study in CRUK CI in general. 

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

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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