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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Biological Science (Psychology) by thesis is no longer accepting new applications.


There is no formal teaching as part of the MPhil. However, all candidates are expected to take part in the department's Postgraduate Education Programme and the Postgraduate School of Life Science's Skills Training Programme.

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. 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.

Seminars & classes

The department hosts a number of seminar series, which all students are invited to attend.


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.


Thesis / Dissertation

The examination for the degree of Master of Philosophy consists of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices. The assessment also includes an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.


Any methods or statistics courses taken as part of the student's personal development may be assessed or examined on their completion, but do not constitute any formal qualification.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Psychology

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
April 26, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.