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Postgraduate Admissions

Teaching

The course is entirely research-based, so there are no taught elements (lectures etc.) All students are encouraged to attend weekly student seminars which helps in understanding all the different research currently taking place in the Department. 

One to one supervision

You will be assigned a principal supervisor, whom you should expect to see on a regular basis. The department will also appoint a second supervisor whom you will meet less regularly. Typically the second supervisor provides expertise in a related field.

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

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.

Seminars & classes

There is a weekly seminar programme that is given by all postgraduate students in the department. MPhil students get to present their work towards the end of their course. They receive formal feedback on their presentation from the course director.

 The student seminars are an important part of the PhD/MPhil journey and a chance to hear about other research that is going on in the Department as there is a wide range of research being carried out. 

The Department also has Thursday seminars which are open to the Department, these are generally weekly, but may vary depending on availability of speakers. 

Lectures

No lectures given, but postgraduate students can attend undergraduate lectures that may be beneficial to their research.

Journal clubs

There is a student lead journal club that is run by the student rep as well as student open meetings where only students attend to discuss topics and a chance to interact with their peers.

Posters and Presentations

Each group has lab meetings where you can present. Depending on research groups there could be opportunities to go to conferences to present, this will vary within each group. 

Feedback

All students attend regular laboratory meetings with their research group, have one-on-one meetings with their supervisor and co-supervisor, and give a seminar to the department which is scored by the audience. 

The Education team meets with all students annually to review progress. In addition, the Education team are available at any time to receive feedback from students or meet them to discuss any matters arising. The principal supervisor will write an online progress report at the end of each term, and these can be accessed by the student.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The MPhil in Medical Science is examined by thesis and oral examination (viva). The thesis must be no longer than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, and must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

The examination shall include 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 year part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

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Dates and deadlines:

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. 13, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

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.

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.


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