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One to one supervision

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

All students are expected to have regular meetings with their supervisor. In addition, each student meets regularly with the programme mentoring committee to review progress. 

Seminars & classes

Students are encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings and attend journal clubs, and to present at departmental seminars and at meetings of learned societies.

1st and 3rd year students are expected to give a short talk at the annual summer symposium.


2nd year students are required to present a poster at the annual summer symposium.


Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all supervisors involved in their research project. This could take place during one-to-one meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, the supervisor will provide written feedback to the student each term with progress reports submitted online. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made and include a specific comment on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University.


Thesis / Dissertation

PhD students are expected to submit a thesis, of no more than 60,000 words, within four years of commencing study. The thesis is examined at a  viva by one internal and one external examiner appointed by the faculty degree committee.


All PhD students are probationary in their first year. Towards the end of the first year, students are required to submit a report, the purpose of which is to provide evidence of their suitability for registration for a PhD. This will be assessed at an oral examination by two examiners, and the student will need to pass in order to be formally registered for the PhD.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 15, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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