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Postgraduate Admissions

Teaching

Our PhD programme is purely research-based with no taught components or lectures. Some academics will ask their PhD students to attend some  lectures that are relevant to their research, but in such cases, the student does not normally undertake  the assigned coursework or exams.

One to one supervision

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

In most cases, students can expect at least two supervisions per full term across the duration of their course. Supervision reports are written once per term.

Seminars & classes

All of our first-year PhD (probationary) students are required to attend at least 50 percent of Department seminars during Michaelmas and Lent terms; lists of the seminars are typically provided at the start of each term.

All first-year students must attend the two-day Researcher Development event.  PhD students are expected to present their work as part of their First Year assessment.

Lectures

Our PhD programme is purely research-based with no taught components or lectures. Some academics will ask their PhD students to attend some lectures that are relevant to the research, but in such cases, the student does not normally undertake the assigned coursework or exams.

Literature_reviews

All first-year PhD students will provide a three-month report, which will contain a literature review. 

Posters

First-year PhD students give an oral presentation of their work to-date as part of their first year assessment.  All graduate students are required to attend the CEB Research Conference.

 

Placements

Depending upon the project, funding, and collaborators, students may have the opportunity to spend time in industrial laboratories of project partners.

Feedback

In most cases, students can expect at least two supervisions per full term across the duration of their course. Each student’s supervisor will provide a supervision report each term.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

After completing three years (nine terms) but no longer than four years, a PhD student must submit a thesis of up to 65,000 words. The thesis will be orally examined by two examiners, one who is internal and a second who is external to the University.

Essays

All first-year PhD (Probationary) students complete a literature review and compile their findings in a short report that is submitted three months after the start of their PhD.

Near the end of the first year, all students submit a first-year report and are assessed orally.   Additionally, as part of the assessment, students will present their work to their examiners.  If successful, the student will then be fully registered for the PhD.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

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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.

Michaelmas 2021

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.

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.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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