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Postgraduate Study

Teaching

The course is exclusively by research. The project and supervisor are determined during the application process.  

All students on this programme will be members of the University’s Postgraduate School of Life Sciences (PSLS) which offers a wide variety of core skills and professional development training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the PSLS website for more information.

One to one supervision

The regularity with which postgraduate students meet with their Supervisor varies throughout the year but meetings are likely to be more frequent start with, during the planning stages, and during the writing-up phase.  Additional supervision may be provided within the research group as designated by the lead supervisor.  There may also be the opportunity to attend regular lab meetings with the supervisor and other research group members.  All students should have the opportunity to seek formal feedback from their Supervisor, and Supervisors should have the opportunity to give such feedback.

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

Posters and Presentations

First-year students are required to present a talk at the annual Departmental research symposium.  Third-year students present their work at the weekly seminar series.

Feedback

Students will receive regular oral feedback and advice from their supervisor about performance and research direction throughout the course, and students can also expect to receive termly formal feedback reports via the Postgraduate Feedback and Reporting System.

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

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

Submission of a thesis of 60,000 words and oral examination on the dissertation 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 tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2024
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

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

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Oct. 2, 2024
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2025

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2025
Course Starts
April 17, 2025

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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