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Graduate Admissions

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) trained a number of PhD students under normal academic grants during its period as part of the Department of Chemistry (1965–89). In 1991, the independent CCDC set aside funds for the support of postgraduate students at the University of Cambridge, at other universities in the UK and abroad, and at the CCDC itself. Since 1991, around 50 students have received full or partial CCDC funding.

In all cases, the research projects have had relevance to the scientific interests and objectives of the CCDC, and in all cases a CCDC staff member has been the official supervisor or a designated co-supervisor. Students have been supported at 16 different institutions (including the CCDC itself and the University of Cambridge). Thus, the CCDC has considerable experience of managing and supervising PhD students, both locally in Cambridge, and at external institutions in the UK and abroad.

The Centre is fully committed to the support and welfare of students, including the active management of any problems that may arise. In the local environment, the Centre collaborates fully with the policies and procedures of the Board of Graduate Studies, Degree Committees, and the Colleges. Relevant Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge, and the customs and practices of the cognate department (Chemistry) are strictly adhered to. Direct feedback from students is both sought and welcomed.

Persons wishing to apply should view advertised studentships on the CCDC website. You should then send a CV and covering letter to admin@ccdc.cam.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have: 

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research; 
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field; 
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research, research techniques and methodologies; 
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • taken up relevant and highly useful researcher development training opportunities to develop skills and attributes for their desired future career.

Departments

This course is advertised in the following departments:

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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

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
March 1, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 10, 2019

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

Michaelmas 2019

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.

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 10, 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