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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

National Institutes of Health Oxford/Cambridge Programme is no longer accepting new applications.

Teaching

There is no formal teaching. However, students are expected to be inducted to their host PhD department and follow the advice and guidance and fulfil requirements set.

The programme requires regular three-way meetings between the Cambridge PI, the NIH mentor and the student, conducted by telephone, Skype or face-to-face. The University requires termly progress reports to be made online, and these are available to students.

One to one supervision

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

The programme requires regular three-way meetings between the Cambridge PI, the NIH mentor and the student, conducted by telephone, Skype or face-to-face. The University requires termly progress reports to be made online, and these are available to students.

Seminars & classes

Lasker Lessons in Leadership Seminar Series is supported by the International Biomedical Research Alliance. 

Students are expected to attend, contribute to or, watch recordings of the seminars. Visit the Lessons in Leadership page on the Lasker Foundation website for more information.

Lectures

As required by the host department.

Practicals

As required by the host department

Small group teaching

As required by the host department.

Journal clubs

As required by the host department.

Literature_reviews

As required by the host department

Posters

The programme hosts an annual research workshop at either the NIH, Oxford or Cambridge to allow a platform for students to present their research to date. All students are expected to attend.

Feedback

Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all supervisors and NIH mentors involved in their research project. This could take place during one-to-one meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, students can expect to receive a written online report each term. 

The NIH requires a yearly report from each scholar. The programme requires regular three-way meetings between the Cambridge PI, the NIH mentor and the student, conducted by telephone, Skype or face-to-face. The University requires termly progress reports to be made online, and these are available to students.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The PhD is examined by thesis (maximum of 60,000 words) and viva, held in Cambridge.

Details of the process vary between departments and students should contact their departmental graduate administrator for further information.

Other

For the first year, students are probationary; they will only be registered for the PhD after successfully completing an assessment exercise (1st year report and viva) at the end of their first year as a PhD student. 

Details of the process varies between departments and students should contact their departmental graduate administrator for further information

The funder (NIH) requires an annual report submitted to the NIH directorate and requires the student to remain in good standing with the programme.

Key Information


3-4 years full-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. 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.

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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