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
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.
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.
Each application made using a GRADSAF will cost you £50. If you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper but the fee is £100.
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. 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.
- 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
For fees please refer to PhD Science and MPhil Medical Science respectively.
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
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT A FORMAL GRADSAF APPLICATION UNLESS A PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR FROM THE DEPARTMENT HAS AGREED TO SUPERVISE YOUR PhD OR MPhil PROGRAMME.
For full instructions on how to apply please go to the Graduate School of Life Sciences application procedure page.
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 Deadlines 2014/15
If any of the funding deadlines are relevant to your application please inform the Education Administrator, Olga Plocienniczak (firstname.lastname@example.org), as soon as you have submitted your application (even if some of the supporting documentation is still missing).
Enquiries can be sent to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org