Prospective graduate students

We offer two programs for prospective graduates, a Ph.D. (or M.D.) program and a research-based M.Phil. Details of the courses are below. You may also wish to browse currently available studentships, visit our Funding Advice blog or find out how to apply for one of these courses.

For any general student enquiries not answered on these pages, please contact our Education Administrator, Olga Plocienniczak, in the first instance on 01223 746105.

Doctoral studies (Ph.D., M.D.)

Course code – MDPS22

A doctorate from the University of Cambridge is primarily a research degree based on a research programme developed in conjunction with a supervisor. If you are contemplating a PhD in the Department of Psychiatry it is important to identify a researcher who is working in an area of research of mutual interest and willing to be a supervisor. We therefore encourage you to find out about the research groups within the Department by looking at our web pages and other background reading. You should then contact potential supervisors to find out about the possibility of working with them or someone in their group. Applications to the Board of Graduate Studies for a PhD in the Department of Psychiatry will not be accepted without a named supervisor.

Starting dates

The Cambridge academic year starts on the 1st October and is divided into three terms (October, January and April). The closing date for all October applications is 30th June, though it is generally possible to start a PhD at the beginning of any term (by arrangement with your supervisor). We start accepting applications for courses starting in October from September of the previous year (e.g. from September 2013 for courses starting in October 2014).

Part time applicants

The Department accepts part time PhD applications. Further information on part time research degrees are available from the Board of Graduate Studies

Course work

There is no formal programme of lectures but each research student is encouraged to develop an individually tailored programme of lectures and courses that enhance their background in science and in transferable skills essential for future career development.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

An M.D. is similar to a Ph.D., but is taken by people who already hold a medical degree which gives provisional or full registration to the General Medical Council. In addition, the University of Cambridge requires that potential M.D. candidates must already also hold a University of Cambridge degree (B.A., M.Phil., M.A., Ph.D.). If you do not meet these criteria, a Ph.D. is the alternative degree of study (see above). Students considering taking an M.D. should read the Graduate School of Life Sciences‘ information on applying for an M.D.

 

M.Phil in Medical Science (Psychiatry)

Course code – MDPSM1

We offer a one-year, full time research-based M.Phil in Medical Science (Psychiatry). As with a doctoral programme, if you are contemplating an MPhil in the Department of Psychiatry it is important to identify a researcher who is working in an area of research of mutual interest and willing to be a supervisor. We therefore encourage you to find out about the research groups within the Department by looking at our web pages and other background reading. You should then contact potential supervisors to find out about the possibility of working with them or someone in their group. Applications to the Board of Graduate Studies for an MPhil in the Department of Psychiatry will not be accepted without a named supervisor.

The Department does not currently offer a taught M.Phil programme.

Starting dates

The Cambridge academic year starts on the 1st October and is divided into three terms (October, January and April). The closing date for all October applications is 30th June. It is not possible to start an MPhil at other times of the year.

Part time applicants

The Department accepts part time, two-year M.Phil applications. Further information on part time research degrees are available from the Board of Graduate Studies

Course work

There is no formal programme of lectures but each research student is encouraged to develop an individually tailored programme of lectures and courses that enhance their background in science and in transferable skills essential for future career development.

Further details

Please visit the Board of Graduate Studies for further details.

 

How to apply for a graduate course in the Department