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Postgraduate Admissions

Teaching

The course is exclusively by research. The project and supervisor are usually determined during the application process. The Department of Chemistry takes very seriously the provision of excellent and relevant postgraduate education, which will allow students to:

  • develop relevant transferable skills through a number of compulsory courses during the first year of their studies;
  • choose their own bespoke series of optional academic lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, directly supporting both research and broader chemistry knowledge base;
  • select from many researcher development opportunities to enhance their transferable skill-set and ultimate employability; and
  • attend careers sessions given by alumni of the Department.

Applicants interested in knowing more about our training should see the Training pages on the Department of Chemistry's website.

One to one supervision

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

Our Department also has numerous mentoring and tutoring support structures in place, which students may also choose to take advantage of.

Posters and Presentations

Presentation is an integral and expected part of the experience every PhD student will have within the Department of Chemistry from first-year Peer-to-Peer presentations through to Departmental symposia at which our second- and third-year students present.

Opportunities also exist for students to attend national and international conferences within their field of enquiry.

Placements

If you are funded by an industrial sponsor then there may be a requirement to undertake an industrial placement during your course. You will be advised if this is required.

Feedback

Informal feedback will be provided by supervisors during one-to-one supervision sessions and as part of lab or research interest group meetings.

In addition, all postgraduate students receive termly online reports written by their supervisors.

Students are also assigned an academic mentor within their research interest group. During the first year of their PhD studies all students are required to present their project to their academic mentor for additional academic feedback.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

Submission of a thesis, not exceeding 60,000 words, including summary or abstract, tables, and footnotes, but excluding table of contents, photographs, diagrams, figure captions, list of figures and diagrams, list of abbreviations, bibliography, appendices and acknowledgements. The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes an oral examination.

Other

All PhD students are probationary in the first year and progression to the second year (and registration for the PhD) depends on a successful first-year review.

The first-year probationary review involves the submission of a written progress report at the end of nine months. In addition to covering the research work completed during this time it should also contain a review of appropriate literature and a clear indication of how the PhD will develop in the second and third years (i.e. future work). The report is assessed by two assessors and an oral examination of the report will be undertaken.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Chemistry

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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, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2022

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.

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.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 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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