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Teaching

The basic programme design is 1+3 years, with the first year consisting of three laboratory-based projects, each lasting ten weeks. Students select their project from principal investigators associated with the programme. Training in transferable skills will involve the following: communication skills – oral and written presentations; report, thesis and paper writing; and project planning. At the end of each project, the project outcome and student progress are assessed by means of a written report followed by an oral discussion with the supervisor and assessor in terms one and two, together with a poster presentation in term three. Within the first year, there is additional training in statistics.

One to one supervision

Students are supervised by the principal investigator or a designated supervisor for the duration of their rotation.

Seminars & classes

During the MRes year, one mandatory seminar per week during term time, others are optional.

Posters

A poster presentation is made in association with students on the Wellcome Trust Programme at the end of term three in year one.

Feedback

Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all supervisors involved in their research project. In addition, the principal supervisor will write termly online reports which can be accessed by the student.

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD thesis is examined by an oral examination. No thesis is required for the MRes degree.

Essays

 Before students can enter the second year, they are examined for an MRes (Master of Research). Award of the MRes degree and decision to proceed on to the PhD programme involves evaluation of a portfolio of research reports (of not more than 20,000 words in total) including a formal project grant proposal, and viva voce examination by an internal examiner together with an external university examiner. The examiners provide a report on the outcome of the assessment, their recommendation on registration/progression, and any feedback they wish to provide for the student and supervisor.

Other

Before students can enter the second year, they are examined for an MRes (Master of Research). Award of the MRes degree and decision to proceed on to the PhD programme involves evaluation of all written reports, a formal project grant proposal and viva voce examination by an internal examiner together with an external university examiner. The examiners provide a report on the outcome of the assessment, their recommendation on registration/progression, and any feedback they wish to provide for the student and supervisor.

All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year in the PhD stage of the programme. If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Medicine

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

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.

Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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