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Postgraduate Admissions

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, students also have a "second supervisor", or adviser, whom they may meet termly. An adviser maybe 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

There is a student seminar every Friday where two students present their work, this is open to all staff and students in the Department.  Students will do a seminar once each year they are with us, so three times for PhD and one for an MPhil. 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. 

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 staff and students will get a chance to present. Depending on research groups there could be opportunities to go to conferences to present, this will vary within each group. 

Feedback

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

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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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor 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 10, 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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