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This MPhil is a research-only course. The supervisor and details of the proposed research project 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. The student should expect to receive one-to-one supervision at least weekly in term time.

To enhance their research, students are expected to attend seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. Students are also encouraged to undertake transferable skills training provided by the Graduate School of Life Sciences.

At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation, followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

One to one supervision

The principal supervisor should meet formally with their student approximately once a week in term time, to discuss progress. Meetings may be more or less frequent depending on how well the project is progressing, but there is an expected minimum of eight hours per term.

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

Seminars & classes

Students will be expected to participate in weekly series of seminars in cognitive neuroscience presented by senior researchers during Michaelmas and Lent terms, ie 12 hours per term

Lectures

Students will be expected to attend lectures relevant to their field of research.

Literature_reviews

Literature search training, covering literature search, reference management and ways of getting hold of full text papers is organised at the Medical Library.

Posters

Students are encouraged to present at least once a year, both to their group and at national and international conferences.

Feedback

The student will receive the following feedback on their progress:

  • After starting the course, the principal supervisor will meet with the student to discuss a preliminary dissertation plan, and to provide direction and constructive input.
  • Throughout the course, the principal supervisor and student should meet formally weekly to discuss how the research is progressing (meetings may be more or less frequent, depending on how well the research project is going).
  • Principal supervisors will submit online supervision reports each term, to which the student has access.
  • Three months before the end of the course, students are required to produce a final dissertation plan and meet with their principal supervisor, who is expected to provide constructive input.
  • Feedback is also provided by the principal supervisor on any work to be published.
  • There is furthermore oversight of student progress by the departmental Graduate Education Committee, which operates within the policies directed by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and the Board of Graduate Studies.

Assessment

Thesis

Examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography, on a subject approved by the degree committee. This is followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

The oral examination is conducted by two examiners, one from the University of Cambridge and one external to the University of Cambridge, neither of whom may have any direct involvement with the student or the work being examined. The dissertation should provide evidence to satisfy the examiners that the student can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Psychiatry

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

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

Applications open
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Lent 2020

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 10, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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