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Students will spend the Michaelmas and Lent terms undertaking taught course modules. There will be ten core modules (of  unequal weight), in addition to an elective option which can be chosen from a broad variety of modules. From mid-Lent Term through to the end of the course, students will conduct a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

The taught modules will be in a range of styles: traditional lecture courses, lecture courses with associated practical classes, reading clubs, and seminar-style modules. The course will emphasise coursework in several of the taught modules. Software projects aimed at implementing algorithms and modelling methods will be central to the practical modules and the research project.

One to one supervision

32 hours per year

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

Seminars & classes

12 hours per year


144 hours per year


16 hours per year

Literature Reviews

The dissertation will involve a review of the literature relevant to the topic, as directed by the supervisor.

Posters and Presentations

Students will give a presentation on their dissertation research and will be required to participate in a poster day. Students will also gain experience in preparing presentations as part of their coursework.


Students can expect to receive reports at least termly from the course director (or a delegate). They will receive comments on items of coursework and will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation. All students will also have personal access to the course director and the other staff delivering the course.


Thesis / Dissertation

Students will write a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words.


Several of the core courses are examined wholly or mainly through coursework. Some elective options will also be examined through coursework.

Written examination

Several of the core courses are examined wholly or mainly through written examination. Some of the elective options will also be examined through written examination.


At the discretion of the examiners, candidates may be required to take an oral examination on the work submitted during the course, and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Engineering

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Dec. 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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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