Although students are recruited into three or four year programmes they must pass an assessment at the end of their first year to progress to subsequent years.
There is no formal teaching as this is a research-only degree.
|One to one supervision||
The student is assigned a primary supervisor and an advisor. The number of hours of formal supervision will vary depending on the student, supervisor and project as well as varying over the course of the PhD. The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University's expectations regarding supervision.
|Seminars & classes||
The student is expected to attend journal clubs and departmental seminars. Other classes are decided by student and supervisor and the number of hours is not set.
None except research project work.
|Small group teaching||
The number of hours is not set, except that there is a minimum requirement for generic skills training.
There is a Departmental Graduate Journal Club once per month. Student may also be expected to attend individual lab group journal clubs.
Recommended to complete in first four months of arrival.
Student is expected to present at the weekly seminar slot to the Department at the end of their first year. They are also expected to participate in the bi-annual Departmental research days at least once during the course of their PhD by presenting posters and/or short oral presentations.
Depending on the funder, some courses include a three month industrial placement.
Students can expect to receive a formal online feedback report from their supervisor once per term. Feedback will also be available following the examination of the first year report. More informal feedback from supervisor will be provided as required.
This course is examined by dissertation and viva. The thesis must be no longer than 60,000 words (or 80,000 by special permission of the Degree Committee). These limits exclude figures, photographs, tables, appendices and bibliography. The dissertation is examined at a viva by one Internal Examiner and one External Examiner.
All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year. If successful, the student moves from being 'probationary' to being registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project.
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.
Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis.
All candidates that submit an official application will be interviewed. We would aim to interview within one month of receiving the application and notify the candidate within one week of the outcome of the interview. However at peak times or in exceptional circumstances this make take longer.
If accepted by the Department the application would then move on for consideration by other offices in the University.
Offers made of places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.