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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 £75 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.

Please ensure you provide the name of the academic with whom you wish to work and a brief research proposal.

Also, please note that due to the nature of their research, not all groups are able to take on part-time students. We recommend that you consult our website, in the first instance, for groups that can typically consider part-time PhDs, and you should then contact the group head(s) to enquire if such places are available. 

Selection Process

Applications are considered as they are received, and applicants should be aware that the process can often take two or three months. Decisions on applications are updated on your Applicant Portal/Self-Service, and that should be applicants' first point of call for the latest news on their applications. The University requires that candidates are interviewed before an offer of admission can be made.

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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
  • Proposed Supervisor (M)
  • Research summary (M)
  • Reasons for applying (1500 characters)
    Why do you feel that Cambridge is the most suitable place to carry out your research and pursue a PhD?
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Why are you interested in this course, and why do you feel that you are a good fit for it? What do you plan to do with the degree once it's complete?

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

On your application, you should enter the name of the supervisor with whom you wish to work and a research proposal. If you do not enter a supervisor's name and/or a research proposal, your application will be "pooled".   Please note that there is a lower acceptance rate of applications with no named supervisor or proposal.   We suggest you contact potential supervisors, who should be an academic in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, before submitting an application; please see the Research Groups page on our website for our Department's current research and our Academics page for potential supervisors.

A degree of flexibility on both sides (the Department and you) is helpful. Students frequently come to the Department and work in a slightly different area to their original preference.


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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5 - 7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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Course on Department Website

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, 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.

Lent 2023

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.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
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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