The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology offers PhDs in Chemical Engineering or Biotechnology. Research within the Department covers a wide and exciting array of activities ranging from quite fundamental research in biology through to the traditional fields of chemical engineering.
Our PhD program is purely researched-based with no taught components/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 undertake any of the assigned coursework or exams.
|One to one supervision||
The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code Practice that sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.
In most cases, students could expect at least four supervisions per full term across the duration of their course. Supervision reports are written once per term.
|Seminars & classes||
All of our 1st year PhD (Probationary) students are required to attend at least 50% of Department seminars during Michaelmas and Lent terms; lists of the seminars are provided at the start of each term.
All first year students must attend the Researcher Development weekend away, the cost of which is covered, at Wyboston Lakes in January.
All graduate students are expected to attend the Graduate Conference in April and the weekly 1st Year Seminars throughout April, May and June.
Our PhD program is purely research-based with no taught components/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 undertake any of the assigned coursework or exams.
All 1st Year PhD students will provide a 3-month report, which will contain a literature review.
1st Year PhD students give an oral presentation of their work to-date approximately 9 months into their research. 2nd Year PhD students present a poster, and 3rd year students give a formal presentation at our internal Graduate Conference, which is typically held in April. All graduate students are required to attend the seminars and poster sessions.
Depending upon the project, funding, and collaborators, students may have the opportunity to spend time in industrial laboratories of project partners.
In most cases, students could expect at least four supervisions per full term across the duration of their course. Each student’s supervisor will provide a supervision report each term.
After completing 3 years (9 terms) but no longer than 4 years, a PhD student must submit his/her thesis of up to 65,000 words. The thesis will be orally examined by two examiners, one who is internal and a second who external to the University.
All 1st Year PhD (Probationary) students complete a literature review and compile their findings in a short report that is submitted 3 months after the start of their PhD.
Approximately 9 months into the course, all 1st Year students present their work to the Department during our 1st Year Presentations. These are usually held April-May, and attendance at all sessions is compulsory.
Near the end of the 1st Year, all students submit a first year report and are assessed orally. If successful, the student will then be fully registered for the PhD.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.