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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

This is a degree by research and there is no formal teaching.  However, students may attend relevant training courses relating to their project in consultation with their supervisor.

All students are also expected to take part in the  Graduate School of Life Science’s Researcher Development Programme.

One to one supervision

The student is assigned a primary supervisor who will help to appoint an advisor or sometimes a supervisory team. Students are closely supported in their activities by this group.  The number of hours of formal supervision will vary depending on the student, supervisor and project as well as varying over the course of the PhD. 

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

Seminars & classes

The student is expected to attend journal clubs and departmental seminars. Other classes are decided by student and supervisor and the number of hours is not set.

Journal clubs

There is a Departmental Graduate Journal Club once per term.  Students may also be expected to attend individual lab group journal clubs.

Literature_reviews

It is recommended to complete a Literature Review within first four months of arrival.

Posters

Students are expected to present at the weekly seminar slot to the Department at the end of their first year. They are also expected to participate in the biannual Departmental research days at least once during the course of their PhD by presenting posters and/or short oral presentations.

Placements

Depending on the funder, some courses include a three-month industrial placement.

Feedback

Students can expect to receive a formal online feedback report from their supervisor once per term. Feedback will also be available following the examination of the first-year report. More informal feedback from a supervisor will be provided as required.

Assessment

Thesis

This course is examined by thesis and viva. The thesis must be no longer than 60,000 words (or 80,000 by special permission of the Degree Committee). These limits exclude figures, photographs, tables, appendices and bibliography.  The thesis is examined at a viva by one internal examiner and one external examiner.

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.  A less formal report on progress and plans is required at the end of the second year.

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Key Information


3 years full-time

5 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Veterinary Medicine

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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