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Postgraduate Study

Teaching

One to one supervision

Postgraduate students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisor and update their student log to reflect those meetings. In addition to their principal supervisor, students also have an advisor and sometimes have a second supervisor, depending on the nature of the project. An adviser may be someone who can advise on certain aspects of the thesis,  but can also advise on the overall shape of a student's project. In addition, the Department provides support and annual reviews with the course directors.

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

A student seminar is held every Friday, at which two students present their work to staff and other students in the Department. Students will present once each year they are with us, so three times during a PhD course and once during an MPhil course. The student seminars are an important part of the PhD journey and a chance to hear about the wide range of research being carried out in the Department. 

Department seminars are also generally held weekly, with talks delivered by researchers within the Department and visiting speakers. 

A student representative is appointed each year who organises further events for students in the Department. 

Posters and Presentations

Each research group holds lab meetings at which staff and students have a chance to present. Depending on the research group, there are often opportunities to attend and present at conferences. 

The Department holds an annual Away Day of talks and networking at one of the Cambridge colleges. As part of this, PhD students and post-doctoral researchers are invited to submit and present posters. 

Feedback

All students attend regular laboratory meetings with their research group, have one-on-one meetings with their supervisor, and give annual seminar presentations to the Department, after which audience feedback is given. 

The Education Team meets with each student annually to review progress, and 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, which can be accessed by the student.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

All PhD students are required to submit a thesis of no more than 60,000 words within a maximum of four years of study (full-time). This is examined at a viva by two examiners, one internal and one external.

Other

All PhD students are probationary in their first year and are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year, which they must pass.

If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being formally registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project.

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3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

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Oct. 4, 2023
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Jan. 15, 2024
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April 17, 2024

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Sept. 4, 2023
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May 1, 2024
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Oct. 1, 2024

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Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Oct. 2, 2024
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Jan. 5, 2025

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Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2025
Course Starts
April 17, 2025

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Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
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Oct. 11, 2023

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