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Students will spend most of their time on research for their thesis, but will also take at least two master's-level lecture courses (on which they will be examined either through written examinations or coursework), and participate in a regular seminar which will equip them with vital skills in research practice and communication. The marks for these modules do not form part of the formal assessment for the MPhil degree, but may be taken into account when deciding whether or not a student may continue for PhD study.

Like all Cambridge students, students will additionally be entitled to attend any non-restricted lecture courses in the University (but will not be able to take the corresponding assessments).

One to one supervision

Students will be placed in a research group, with which they will have daily contact. In addition, students will have at least eight one-to-one meetings with their supervisors.

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

Seminars & classes

Eight hours per term.

Lectures

32 hours per year.

Literature_reviews

The writing of a thesis would normally involve undertaking a literature review in the relevant area.

Placements

Students may, with the support of their supervisors, undertake research in an industrial setting in the city of Cambridge. MPhil students may not undertake any form of paid work.

Feedback

Students will have access to a University supervisor, who will be responsible for supervising their thesis, and from whom they can expect to receive reports termly via an online system.  Additionally, students who take coursework-assessed modules will receive comments on their coursework submissions. Participation in a researcher development course will also allow students to get feedback on their research and presentation skills.

Assessment

Thesis

The outcome of the MPhil programme is determined through an examination of a 15,000-word thesis. The examination includes an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Essays

Although these examinations are not determinative of the final outcome of the programme, all students are required to take two papers (one of which may be substituted for a reading club) selected from a list of over 80 modules (most of these are taken from the fourth year of the integrated Master of Engineering course). Many of these papers are examined either by coursework or by a combination of coursework and written examination.

Written examination

Although these examinations are not determinative of the final outcome of the programme, all students are required to take two papers (one of which may be substituted for a reading club) from the fourth year of the integrated Master of Engineering course.  Many of these papers are examined either by written examination or by a combination of written examination and coursework.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Engineering

Enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

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.

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

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