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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

Although the course is a research degree, PhD students are entitled to attend all lecture courses within the Department. They should discuss with their supervisors which courses would be most beneficial to their research.

Additionally, first-year students are normally required to take two master's-level taught modules (selected from a list of over 100 modules) as part of their first-year assessment, and will participate in regular seminars, which will equip them with essential skills in research practice and communication. 

All doctoral research takes place in University of Cambridge facilities. However, the Department and its supervisors have strong links to other institutions both in the UK and around the world. After their first year, students may therefore apply for permission to undertake research in other institutions for extended periods of time. All necessary practical arrangements are the responsibility of students and their supervisors.

One to one supervision

PhD students can expect to attend at least eight one hour-long individual meetings with their supervisor every calendar year. This is in addition to daily contact with the research group in which they are placed.

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

Seminars & classes

Over the course of the first year, students will attend approximately 24 hours of seminars targeted at developing their research and communications skills.

Lectures

Most students will attend two 16-hour lecture courses in the first year.

Placements

The Department is flexible in permitting students, with the support of their supervisors, to undertake research in an industrial setting. Permission to work away from the University is required. However, students may not undertake any paid work in an industrial setting during the course of the PhD.

Feedback

Throughout the PhD, students can expect to receive feedback from their supervisors, who they will meet for regular supervisions, and assistance from those working in the same research group. Supervisors will also submit a termly report on students' progress which will be made available via the CamSIS self-service system.

Every student is also allocated an advisor, who is available for consultation alongside the supervisor. Additionally, in the first year, students will receive feedback from coursework assignments and the Research and Communications Club leaders in the first year.

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD is assessed through the examination of a dissertation, including an oral ("viva voce") examination. The dissertation must not exceed 65,000 words (including appendices, bibliography, footnotes, tables and equations), and must not contain more than 150 figures.

Written examination

First-year students are normally required to take two master's-level taught modules (selected from a list of over 100 modules) as part of their first-year assessment, and will participate in a regular seminars, which will equip them with essential skills in research practice and communication.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Engineering

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
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.

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

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