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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

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 have a Departmental mentor in addition to their core supervisory team and College tutor.

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to attend internal departmental seminars (e.g. the Bradford-Hill Seminar series) and those organised within the University.

Lectures

The PhD has no formal lectures, but (space-permitting) students are able to attend specific modules from our MPhil courses in Epidemiology, Public Health, and Primary Care if they require additional training in certain areas.

Posters

Students are encouraged to present their research locally, nationally and internationally when an appropriate opportunity arises.

Feedback

Students meet regularly with their supervisor, who then prepares a termly report. The reports are accessible on the online reporting system.

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD is assessed by submission of a thesis and oral examination.

The thesis should not exceed 60,000 words (or 80,000 by special permission of the degree committee). These limits exclude figures, photographs, tables, appendices and bibliography. 

The content and format of the thesis should be discussed with your supervisor.

Other

All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year. If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project. There is also an 'informal assessment' to check on the student's progress at the end of the second year. First and third year PhD students are encouraged to present their work at the Department's annual PhD presentation days in June.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Public Health and Primary Care

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
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019