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Frequently asked questions

FAQ - 4 year PhD programmes

 

I am an international student and am interested in the 4 year PhD programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation. How do I apply for the additional funding to bridge the gap between UK/EU and overseas fees?

You need to complete the “Gates Cambridge Scholarships (Overseas)” section on the University’s Graduate Application Form and submit your application by the 7th December 2016. You also need to submit the departmental application form by the 2nd January 2017.

For information about the particular scholarship that covers this, please see https://www.cambridgetrust.org/partners/wellcome-trust-research-projects

 

I’m interested in the 4 year PhD programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation. Can I join this programme as a self-funded student?

This programme is fully funded by the Wellcome Trust and no additional funding is required. The only exception is for international students, who have to apply for extra funding to bridge the gap between home and overseas fees.

It is not possible to join the programme as a self-funded student.

 

I want to apply for one of the 4 year PhD programmes. Do I need to fill in both the University’s Graduate Application Form and the departmental application form?

All applicants need to submit the online departmental application form.

Only those applicants, who have been offered a place on the programme following the interview day, should also complete the University’s Graduate Application Form.

The exception to this is for international students, who have to apply for additional funding to bridge the gap between UK/EU and overseas fees. Applying for funding is only possible through the University’s Graduate Application Form and therefore, international students need to submit a form by the funders’ deadline (7th December 2016). They also need to submit the departmental application form.

 

Can I apply to both 4 year PhD programmes with one application form or do I need to submit two applications?

You can apply to both programmes with one application form. Please simply specify the programme(s) you would like to apply to in the space provided on the application form.

 

I have a Master degree. Can I apply to the 4 year PhD programmes? Will I still have to do the MRes part of the course?

Yes, you can apply and yes, all students on the 4 year programmes have to follow the 1+3 year structure.

 

How competitive is the 4 year PhD programme in Infection, Immunity and Inflammation?

This is an extremely competitive programme. We regularly receive around 350 applications for 5 to 6 places. Most applicants will have a first class degree from a top university.

 

My degree is not from a UK university. How do I know whether my degree is equivalent to an upper second class honours degree from a UK university?

Please check the equivalence guidelines for each country on the Graduate Admissions website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international-students/international-qualifications.

 

I’m interested in the 4 year PhD programmes. Do I need to contact potential supervisors before I apply?

No, this is not necessary. During the induction week PIs will be presenting mini-projects they are offering in their lab. Students choose at the end of the induction week, which lab they would like to undertake their rotations in.

 

Is it possible to join the 4 year PhD programmes as a part time student?

Unfortunately, part time study is not possible on the 4 year PhD programmes.

 

The application form asks for my A Level results, but in my country pupils don’t do A levels. What should I enter in this field?

A levels are the exams UK pupils take at the end of their secondary schooling. They are the entry qualification to higher education / university.
If there is an equivalent of A levels in your country, please enter you results for that in the A Level field. If no such exams exist, please mention this in this field.

 

I studied in a country where English is not the official first language, but all courses at the university, where I did my undergraduate degree were conducted in English. Do I still need to take an English language test?

Yes, all applicants whose first language is not English, have to demonstrate competence in the English language. Please see the Graduate Admissions website for more detailed information.

 

I have submitted my online departmental application form, but realised I have made a mistake/forgot to include some information. How can I amend my application?

Please re-submit your departmental application. We will only consider the most recent application received by any one person. Any previous applications by that person will be discarded.

 

I have submitted my University Graduate Application Form, but realised I have made a mistake/forgot to include some information. How can I amend my application?

Please email Graduate Admissions at Graduate.Admissions@admin.cam.ac.uk. Please include your USN and application number in any correspondence.

 

Do I need to prepare a research proposal prior to applying for one of the 4 year PhD programmes?

You do not need to prepare a research proposal prior to applying to the course. Students have to prepare a research proposal for their main PhD project at the end of the first year. This will form the basis of the MRes assessment.

 

When and how will my referees be asked to provide a reference?

We will only contact the referees of those applicants who have been shortlisted. This will be some time in the middle of January. We would hope to receive references in time for the interviews.

Please ensure your referees are aware of these dates and will be available to provide a reference for you during that time.

Please also note, we can only accept references submitted by the referees from their official work email account.

 

Is the 4 year PhD programme in Medical Science open to international applicants?

The CIMR 4 year PhD Programme in Medical Science is currently only open to UK/EU applicants as the funding body only covers fees at the home rate.