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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.

Journal clubs

The Journal Club is student-led and has regular meetings throughout the year.

Literature Reviews

Literature review is an essential part of the final thesis.

Posters and Presentations

An end-of-year departmental presentation is a compulsory element of the course.

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. 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.

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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