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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

The PhD in Physics is a full-time period of research and involves minimal formal teaching. Students are expected to attend an appropriate subset of the Department’s programme of research seminars and other graduate courses but most research training is provided within the group structure and overseen by their supervisor. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring and other opportunities offered by fellow students and members of staff.

One to one supervision

The supervisory team consists of the principal supervisor (normally referred to as the supervisor) and an adviser. The supervisor is the main person appointed to oversee and help with a student's PhD study and an adviser is appointed to act as a second point of contact for academic advice.

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

Seminars & classes

Students will be advised by their supervisor which seminars and classes to attend based on their relevance to the chosen research project and also to best facilitate integration into the host research group.

Lectures

Students will be advised by their supervisor which lectures to attend based on their relevance to the chosen research project and also to best facilitate integration into the host research group.

Journal clubs

Students will be advised by their supervisor which journal clubs to attend based on their relevance to the chosen research project and also to best facilitate integration into the host research group.

Posters

The Cavendish Graduate Student Conference is held annually, organised by graduate students, and is a one-day event of talks and poster presentations by graduate students from all research groups.

Feedback

Supervisors report termly on the progress of their students and these reports are available to the student.

Graduate students are represented on the Department's Graduate Student Consultative Committee, which normally meets five times a year, and consists of one or more student representatives from each of the research groups. The committee exists to enable discussion of any issue affecting graduate studies and students may approach any member of the committee to suggest items for discussion.

Assessment

Thesis

The final PhD assessment will be of a submitted thesis of 60,000 words and subsequent viva voce examination.

Other

All PhD students are probationary in the first year and progression to the second year (and registration for the PhD) depends on a successful first-year review.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Physics

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 2, 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
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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