Applications for entry to our Postgraduate (Research) Training Programme for Admission in Academic Year October 2018 – September 2019
Deadlines for applications for admission for those that wish to be considered for funding in the academic year October 2018 – September 2019 are as follows:
Gates US: 11th October 2017
Graduate Funding Competition: 6th December 2017
* IMPORTANT – this included applications from applicants who wish to be considered for Cambridge Trust funding (both inside and outside the EU).
***Please note that ALL supporting documents (references, transcript, CV) must be uploaded within 7 days of the date of applying***
Short listing meetings for applications will be first week of January 2018, followed by interviews 23rd, 24th & 25th January. Only those shortlisted for interviews will be contacted by e-mail.
Both PhD and MPhil applicants are required to select one or two projects from those available on our research projects web page.
Please ensure you select a Proposed supervisor and Title of Research on your application.
Once you have applied ALL the required documents have to be uploaded within 7 days. This includes your references. Ensure you check your self service account regularly for messages/further instructions.
Graduate admissions in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences
Admission to the University requires completion of the University’s online GRADSAF (Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form). see: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/
You might also want to consult these links BEFORE you submit your application:
PLEASE READ THESE PAGES BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
If you intend to apply for funding (e.g. Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships) or wish to be considered for one of the Department’s sponsored PhD studentships (these are advertised annually in October), please use the following admissions procedure:
Admission to the University
You should apply for admission to the University using the University’s online GRADSAF (Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form) if you:
- wish to apply for University-wide funding competitions (e.g. Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships etc – NB these funding competitions all have very early deadlines, see http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/deadlines.html)
- wish to apply for a College studentship
- have an external scholarship
- have your own funding.
**Please ensure you select the appropriate funding boxes if you wish to be considered for funding, failure to tick the box will stop you from being nominated for certain funding.
BEFORE YOU COMPLETE A GRADSAF, READ THE FOLLOWING:
NB each application made using a GRADSAF online will cost you £50. You may apply on paper, but this will cost you £100
Are you eligible to apply for admission to our programmes?
Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Graduate School, we require all our graduate entrants to have:
- at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g. GPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
- two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
- fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.
If you have no experience in neuroscience, you can attend courses in Cambridge. Alternatively, you might consider taking a one-year ‘taught’ Masters in neuroscience first; however this is not available at Cambridge.
For more details of the University’s academic requirements see the University’s Graduate Prospectus –http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/
Which qualification do you want to apply for?
- PhD (thesis)– minimum 3 years, maximum 4 years full-time; code: MDNS22 [Clinical Neurosciences NOTAF]
- MPhil by research (thesis) (1 year); code: MDNSM2 [Medical Sciences MPhil (ClinNeuroSci)]
It is important that you upload ALL the required documents as soon as possible after you have submitted your online application.
You should ensure that your REFEREES are prepared to provide a reference for you. Make sure their email addresses are correct on the application form.
You application CANNOT be processed until all the required documents have been uploaded (this does not apply to language requirements).
What topic do you want to study and which supervisor do you want to work with ? (MPhil by research or PhD only)
The first question on the GRADSAF application form requires you to choose a course – for research applicants this means specifying which project(s) or supervisors(s) in which you wish to work.
To choose a project, you need to do some serious homework to identify a topic and one or more supervisors within the department with whom you wish to work.
If you have not already decided, you should:
Go to http://www-neurosciences.medschl.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate-training/projects/ which lists supervisors and projects for 2018/19.
- If you want to contact any of the supervisors, then either email them directly, or go to their webpage. This will tell you more about their interests and their team. Further information about the supervisors is also available under ‘Principal Investigators’ at http://www.brc.cam.ac.uk/principal-investigators/
If you are interested in more than one supervisor within THIS department, you can name them as first and second choice in your application, but if you want to apply to supervisors in different departments, you will have to make separate on-line applications (one to each department).
How to apply to the University
Go to http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/ for full instructions on how to apply online.
Closing Dates: PLEASE MAKE A CAREFUL NOTE OF THE CLOSING DATES FOR THE VARIOUS SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED. THEY VARY BY CATEGORY AND COUNTRY. WE CANNOT CONSIDER LATE APPLICATIONS.
Closing dates for on-line applications and all supporting documents are as follows. Your on-line application will not be considered if it is submitted after these dates.
- For applicants for a Gates scholarship from the USA: 11th October 2017
- For Gates applications from the rest of the world, and all other awards (in-house funding, CISS, Cambridge Overseas Trust, etc): 6th December 2017.
Please see: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/deadlines.html for more information.
The Committee will short-list applicants on 4th January 2018
Selected applicants will be interviewed, either in person or by Skype over these days; 23rd – 25th January 2018. We pay economy travel expenses.
Applicants will be contacted during the ensuing week.
Extensive information is available on the following websites:
Academic Division Student Registry (previously Board of Graduate Studies) – http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/index.shtml
Graduate School of Life Sciences – http://www.gradschl.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/
In particular please ensure that you have checked your eligibility for studying at Cambridge and have investigated the research areas and potential supervisors in your department BEFORE making contact.
If you are self funded please ensure you have sufficient funding in place to cover the full duration of your course. Further information is available at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/funding/costs/index.html
General postgraduate admissions enquiries
Any admissions enquiries should be emailed to the Graduate Administrator at email@example.com
If you need academic advice etc, contact Dr Adrian Carpenter, Director of Training, at firstname.lastname@example.org