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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.

The amount of supervision you require may vary depending on your prior knowledge and on your particular research experience. Formal supervision is likely to be around one hour per week, plus also day-to-day supervision in the lab. It is the student's responsibility to book regular meetings with their supervisor and thesis committee and to prepare in advance to make the meetings as effective as possible.

Lectures

Two hours per week

Journal clubs

Twelve hours per term

Feedback

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

​Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all members of their supervisory team, including members of their thesis advisory committees. This could take place during one-to-one meetings, committee meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, students can expect to receive a termly online report prepared by their principal supervisor. 

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The student is expected to submit a thesis, of no more than 60,000 words, within four years of commencing study. Post-submission, the student will be examined orally by two examiners on the content of the thesis and on the wider research area.

Other

The student is expected to give a brief presentation (15–20 minutes) to the Institute within four months of commencing study. This allows the student to introduce themselves to all colleagues in the Institute and to engage them in their research project.

In addition, every student is expected to submit a first-year report within nine months of commencing study. The student is then examined orally on the content of the report and on their understanding of the wider research field and their future research plans. Subject to a satisfactory examination, the student is then fully registered for PhD study.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

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. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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