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Teaching

During their PhD the students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and the CIMR Postgraduate Education Committee. There is no taught and examined course work, but students are expected to take part in core topic discussion sessions held once a week by PIs in CIMR. Along with the specific research training provided in the laboratory in which the student works, he or she receives further training within the CIMR in the form of post-graduate workshops concentrating on research techniques, research seminars both on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus and elsewhere in the University, and postgraduate student seminars dealing with generic skills such as intellectual property rights, writing a thesis or paper, and entrepreneurship.

One to one supervision

Students are supervised on a day-to-day basis either by their Primary Supervisor or a designated supervisor.  The number of hours of supervision will vary from supervisor to supervisor.

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

Seminars & classes

Students can attend a variety of core topic sessions, seminars, talks and workshops within CIMR, the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and elsewhere in the University.

Small group teaching

Regular lab meetings within the research group.

Journal clubs

This varies according to the lab the student has chosen.

Posters

In their second year, students are required to present a poster and throughout their PhD they will give research talks within CIMR and at the research retreat.

Feedback

Students receive feedback regarding their progress in the form of on-line termly reports from their supervisor.

Additional verbal feedback will be provided frequently by the project supervisor as part of the day-to-day supervision and in regular lab meetings.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The word limit for PhD theses is 60,000, although students may request an extension up to 80,000 words. The viva voce examination is conducted in Cambridge by an internal examiner of the University and an external expert examiner.

Other

All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year. If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being registered for the PhD, and can proceed with their project.

In their second year, students are required to present a poster, which is assessed by their graduate adviser and a CIMR PI.  Throughout their PhD they will give research talks within CIMR and at the research retreat. In addition, they can take part in events and competitions organised within the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences and the University.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-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. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Lent 2022

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.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
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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