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The PhD course can be undertaken full-time in three to four years, or part-time in five to seven years. The research project and principal supervisor are determined during the application process.

Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their principal supervisor. Informal opportunities to develop research skills are available through mentoring by other members of staff and fellow students.

All students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings, seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied training opportunities offered by the University.

At the end of the course, examination for the PhD degree involves submission of a written dissertation of up to 60,000 words, followed by an oral examination based on both their dissertation and a broader knowledge of their chosen area of research.

Students are provided with information which clearly sets out what is expected of them in order to obtain their degree.

One to one supervision

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

The amount of supervision a student requires may vary depending on their prior knowledge and research experience. Formal supervision is likely to be around one hour per week, plus day-to-day supervision in the lab. It is the student's responsibility to book regular meetings with their supervisor and to prepare in advance to make the meetings as effective as possible.

Seminars & classes

Attendance of relevant seminars, lectures and training courses, as advised by their principal supervisor.

Lectures

No set lectures. Students are expected to attend relevant lectures and seminars (on average two hours per week).

Practicals

No set practicals. Students are expected to study for a minimum of 40 hours per week for at least 44 weeks of the year.

Journal clubs

Students are encouraged to attend the various journal clubs available throughout the research institutes in which they are based.

Posters

Students are encouraged to present their research locally, nationally and internationally, as and when appropriate.

Opportunities to present locally are provided by the student’s institute, the Graduate School of Life Sciences, the annual EBI-Sanger-Cambridge PhD Symposium and the annual Building Bridges in Medical Sciences conference.

Feedback

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

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

Students are expected to submit a thesis of 60,000 words or less, after which they will be examined orally by two examiners on both the content of the thesis and the wider field of their area of research.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Oncology

Enquiries

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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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