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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 4 January 2018.  

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 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.

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 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.

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.