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Postgraduate Admissions

Teaching

This is a research-based programme and there is no formal teaching requirement. All students on this programme will be members of the University’s Postgraduate School of Life Sciences (PSLS) who offer 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

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.

All students should have the opportunity to seek formal feedback from their Supervisor, and Supervisors should have the opportunity to give such feedback.

 

Seminars & classes

All PhD students are expected to attend a number of postgraduate courses and seminars during their first year. In addition, they are expected to develop their research skills by attending a number of optional statistics and methods courses which are recorded in a student progress log book.

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

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

Students are required to submit a 60,000-word thesis no later than the end of their fourth year. The thesis is not to exceed 60,000 words (80,000 by special permission) excluding bibliography, figures, appendices etc. 

Other

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 currently constitute any formal qualification.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Psychology

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Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

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

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020