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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

All students will be expected to attend an Induction Week from 27 September – 1 October 2021. The Induction Week will consist of lectures, discussions and other activities directly relevant for the programme. Students who are unable to attend the induction week for unavoidable reasons should contact the Programme Administrator as early as possible to discuss their circumstances.

Admitted students should plan to arrive in Cambridge in sufficient time to fully participate in the Induction Week. Students allocated College accommodation are advised to contact their College to discuss the possibility of moving in early.

Selection Process

Applications received by the 7 January 2021 will be considered for eligible studentships/scholarships administered by the CDT, with interviews scheduled to take place in Februray/March. Applications received after this time will be considered but funding opportunities may be limited and the programme's website will be updated to advise if further funding is available.

The final deadline for applications is the 31 May 2021 but should all the places be filled, the Department reserves the right to close early. We strongly advise applicants to submit their applications as early as possible.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Please tell us how you see the application of AI transforming the assessment of environmental risk in the next 5-years.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

There is no requirement to identify a supervisor for this programme at the point of applying.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
May 31, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 27, 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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