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Teaching

The course is exclusively by research. Students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by joining a research group. Students will participate in their research group's regular laboratory meetings. Most research training is provided within the group structure. Each student will also be provided with a mentor who will offer independent guidance throughout the degree. Students are expected to attend the Department's research seminars and also postgraduate courses and skills training offered by the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences relevant to their training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the PSLS website for more information. 

One to one supervision

Supervision will vary from student to student in accordance with student need and with the academic requirements of the project. However, all students can expect to interact with a member of their supervision team on a daily-to-weekly basis. Students can expect to receive direct guidance from their academic supervisor on at least a monthly basis, with more frequent guidance if required.

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

Seminars & classes

Students are expected to attend the Department's research seminars and the postgraduate seminars run by the postgraduate students. Students are also able to attend seminars in other departments.

Literature_reviews

Students are expected to provide a "thesis abstract" at the end of their first term and a brief literature review as part of their first-year report.

Posters

In their second year, students are required to present a poster of their research at the Departmental Annual Symposium. Students may also have the opportunity to present their work at national or international conferences.

Placements

Placements may form part of the PhD.

Feedback

Each student will receive continuous feedback from their research supervisor throughout the duration of their degree. They will receive formal feedback following the first-year assessment, which comprises the submission of a First Year Report and oral examination. Students are also encouraged to meet regularly with their mentors, and can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the online feedback and reporting system.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

Submission of a thesis of 60,000 words and oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis is not to exceed 60,000 words (80,000 by special permission) excluding bibliography, figures, appendices etc.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Pathology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 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. 3, 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.

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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