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During the MRes year, students, in collaboration with their first year supervisor, identify courses to attend. These can be from any field that will improve or build on existing knowledge. Students are required to write reports on the courses attended which will be formally assessed.

Additionally, students undertake two eight week laboratory rotations and will write a 6000 word report for each, which in addition to an oral presentation will be formally assessed. A list of available rotations will be provided, with the opportunity for students to self-source rotations in agreement with the Programme Directors.

Students must also attend the fortnightly cohort meetings consisting of seminars and workshops, the annual retreat day and the CCBI annual symposium and will continue to attend relevant courses, seminars and conferences throughout their PhD project.

One to one supervision

During the MRes year students are assigned one of the Programme Directors as their first year supervisor, additional supervision will be provided by the rotation supervisor. During years 2-4, students will have a Principal and Co-Supervisor.

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

Seminars & classes

The course provides a regular Wednesday Seminar Series as part of the cohort meetings to which all students are required to contribute – approximately eight hours per term.

The content of the cohort meetings can vary depending on the requirements of the students, this can include workshops, journal clubs and student talks. The timetable will be communicated at the start of the academic year.


Lectures attended by students are based on individual learning plans and requirements.


All students are required to present at the annual retreat day via poster or PowerPoint.

Departmental presentations will also take place as part of the assessment process.


During the MRes year, feedback is provided at the end of each assessment component. Rotation supervisors also provide a written report on the students progress and termly meetings are held between the student and their first year supervisor.

Years 2-4 students will receive feedback via their PhD Supervisor and termly reports will be written.



Assessment for the PhD is by submission of a dissertation and oral examination.  Candidates should discuss the format appropriate to their topic with their supervisor and refer to their Degree Committee for the agreed word limit.


Assessment of the MRes year is as follows:

Module reports (40%)

Students must undertake at least three courses in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms for which a report of no more than 1000 words will be written for each course. These reports are formally assessed.

Rotation reports and presentation (60%)

At the end of both rotations a report of 6000 words each will be written and an oral presentation given. Both will be formally assessed.

The examination may include, at the discretion of the examiners, an additional oral examination on the work submitted by the student and the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Although not formally assessed, students must also attend the cohort meetings, the annual retreat day and CCBI annual symposium. It is expected that a log book will be maintained to record activities relevant to the above.


Students who progress successfully from the MRes to the PhD at the end of year one will be registered as a probationary (NOTAF) PhD Student. Towards the end of the second year students will be evaluated by their host departments. Different departments carry out this assessment in different ways but typically students write a "first-year report" of around 20–40 pages (4,000–8,000 words), which is read and an oral examination carried out by their departmental adviser and another member of the PhD programme supervisor pool who is not one of their direct supervisors. The outcome of this evaluation will be a recommendation to the appropriate degree committee that the student be registered, or not, as a PhD student.


Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 7, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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