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The taught component of the MRes year includes:

  • core lectures and practicals;
  • a guided team challenge;
  • transferable skills training;
  • a research project;
  • workshops;
  • seminars.

The MRes is followed by an extended research project for the PhD degree. Students are encouraged to continue their training and development by taking advantage of the expertise available within their host departments and attending conferences. 


One to one supervision

During the MRes year, students will formally meet once a term with their supervisor to discuss their progress. From year two, students will meet regularly with their PhD supervisors and related team.

The University of Cambridge publishes annual Codes of Practice for MRes students and PhD students which set out the University’s expectations of both supervisors and students.

Seminars & classes

Weekly three hour seminars will be held in Michaelmas term, which will also incorporate a cohort study group to discuss issues relating to the programme, such as project selection and assessment guidance.

From Lent Term, one hour weekly seminars will be held and additional study groups organised.

Professional Development seminars building on the initial training provided during the MRes will be held for PhD students.


Approximately 100 hours of lectures will be provided during the MRes year.


Lectures will be supported by approximately 60 hours of practicals during the MRes year.


Presentations will be held as part of the assessment for the MRes.


Students can undertake non-compulsory internships, which may be offered by the programmes policy and industry partners, during their PhD.


Supervisor meetings will take place once a term. Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term. For the Guided Team Challenge, several sessions will be held where students will present to the cohort and programme staff. Informal feedback will be provided at these sessions.

Termly supervisor reports will be provided which are made available to students.


Thesis / Dissertation

The examination for the MRes degree shall include a portfolio of research including a project report, written PhD proposal and oral presentation.

For students who continue on to the PhD, examination is by submission of a thesis and an oral examination in line with University procedures. The length and format of the thesis will be determined by the requirements of the Degree Committee of the department/faculty in which the student is registered for the PhD.


The examination for the MRes degree shall include coursework (which may include written work, group work, presentations and class participation).


A formal assessment will be undertaken during the first year of the PhD (second year of the programme), the format of which will depend on the department in which the student is registered. Progression depends on successful completion of this probationary review.

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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.

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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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