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Postgraduate Study

Teaching

The MPhil is a 12-month full-time programme and involves minimal formal teaching: students are integrated into the research culture of the department by joining a research group. Most research training is provided within the group structure and overseen by their research supervisor, but they are also expected to attend the department’s programme of research seminars and other postgraduate courses and skills training offered by the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences, as is relevant to their education. Informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring by fellow students and members of staff.

One to one supervision

Students can expect to have regular lab meetings with their supervisor and with other lab members. The regularity with which postgraduate students meet with their supervisor varies throughout the year but meetings are likely to be more frequent to start with, during the planning stages, and during the writing-up phase. 

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

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 online feedback and reporting system.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The examination for the one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree of Master of Philosophy in Biological Science (Pharmacology) consists of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices and an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. 

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Pharmacology

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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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