The application procedure for graduates in the Department of Psychiatry
Admission to the University
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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
General enquiries


Graduate admissions in the Department of Psychiatry

Admission to the University requires completion of the University’s online GRADSAF (Graduate Admission and Scholarship Application Form).

If you intend to apply for other funding (eg Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships or apply for an award from the Department’s Doctoral training grant) you should proceed directly to Section A.

Please note the closing date for all October applications is 30th June.


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 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

Each GRADSAF application will cost you £50.  If you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper but the fee is £100.

1.   Are you eligible to apply for admission to our programmes?

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.

PhD and MPhil FEES for 2015-16


2. Which qualification do you want to apply for?


3. 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 department or institute in which you wish to work.

To choose a department, you need to do some serious homework to identify a topic and one or more supervisors in that department with whom you wish to work.

If you have not already decided, you should:

    • browse our research groups to identify suitable principal investigators [PIs] interested in your research idea. Visit their personal/group page to check details of their research link.
    • check if they have any vacancies this year by looking them up in the Graduate School’s searchable database
    • if there is a possible vacancy, you can explore the possibility that your plans are of interest to them – get in contact (links are in the database as above)
    • 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 applications (one to each department).
    • 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




4. How to apply to the University

For full instructions on how to apply please go to the Graduate School of Life Sciences application procedure page.

5. Departmental Application Procedure

In order to help you understand how your application is processed, we have created an explanation of the Department of Psychiatry’s own application procedure: Graduate Student Application Procedure.

You also need to refer to the Funding Deadlines in order to submit your application on time: Funding Application Deadlines 2014/15


6. General postgraduate admissions enquiries

Enquiries can be sent to 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 Board of Graduate Studies please email