The application procedure for graduates in the Department of Psychiatry
Admission to the University
Are you eligible for admission to our programmes?
Which qualification do you wish to apply for?
Identifying your topic and supervisor
How to apply to the University
Departmental Application Procedure
!!!NEW!!! Graduate Education Brochure
Admission to the University requires completion of the University’s online Application Form via the Application Portal.
Please note the closing date for all October applications is 30th June.
You should apply for admission to the University using the University’s online 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 here.
- wish to be considered for an award from the Department’s doctoral training grant;
- have been awarded a specific studentship / programme position in competition
- wish to apply for a College studentship
- have an external scholarship; or
- have your own funding.
Before applying, please read the following: Application and Funding Deadlines
There is an application charge of (GBP sterling) £50 per application (unless you are from a country which is eligible for fee waiver). The Graduate School of Life Sciences has a scheme which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £50 application fee. More information about the application fee can be found on the Application Fee page.
Competition for admission to a 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. CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject. Although a Masters degree is not a requirement for entry onto a PhD programme, several recent successful candidates have relevant qualifications at this level. Further information about International Qualifications can be accessed here.
- 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. For more information please visit the Graduate Admissions pages.
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
For fees please refer to PhD Science and MPhil Medical Science respectively.
The application form requires you to choose a course – for research applicants this means specifying which department or institute you wish to study within.
Before you apply, you need to do some serious homework to identify a suitable Principal Investigator within the Department, who could potentially be your supervisor, and a topic which is aligned to their area of research. Please refer to our Graduate Education Brochure for details of our Principal Investigators and their areas of research. You can also find out more about them by visiting the Cambridge Neuroscience website.
If you have not already decided, you should:
- browse our research groups to identify suitable principal investigators [PIs]. Visit their personal/group page to check details of their research.
- check if they have any vacancies within their lab.
- if you are interested in more than one supervisor within THIS department, you can name them as first and second choice in your application.
- N.B. Many research topics are also available in other departments of the Graduate School of Life Sciences – browse the Graduate School’s searchable database
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION UNLESS A PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FROM THE DEPARTMENT HAS AGREED TO SUPERVISE YOUR PhD OR MPhil.
For full instructions on how to apply please go to the Graduate Admissions ‘How-To-Apply’ page.
Research Proposal – maximum 2000 words. Please include references and explain what you wish to investigate and how you plan to do so.
Enquiries can be sent to email@example.com or by telephone on 01223 465 237, however you will be expected to initially have researched who in the Department you wish to contact and make contact by email to establish if they would be interested in your research proposal. For queries to the Graduate Admissions please email firstname.lastname@example.org