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Applying for postgraduate study

Applying for postgraduate study

Applying for part-time study

Part-time PhD in Engineering

Applications for the part-time PhD in Engineering should be made via the Graduate Admissions website

Please indicate in section A(3) that you wish to be considered for part-time study, and provide details of why you have opted for this mode of study.  

When making an application for this course, it is useful to consider the following;

  • Suitability of the project for part-time study, it is helpful if your referees can comment on your ability to manage your responsibilities simultaneously. 
  • Availability of supervisors willing to take on part-time students. 
  • Your arrangements for fees and funding. 
  • Where will you live for the duration of your PhD? 

Furthermore when you have your interview you will need to work with your proposed supervisor to provide a summary of what attendance will be required and how it will be managed, to include formal supervisions and training, seminars an any other requirements. This should comprise an overview of the five years research period and a more detailed plan for the first five terms, and must be updated at the time of registration.

MSt in Construction Engineering

The MSt in Construction Engineering is administered by the Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) and applications should be made via thier website.

Please click here to access the course prospectus, and further information about what is required to apply.


Please note that if you are offered a place on a part-time course you will be required to provide the additional documentation as part of your offer conditions;

  • A letter from your employer confirming that you may be absent from work in order to attend the University in accordance with the requirements of your course 
  • A declaration that you will attend Cambridge at such frequency and times to meet the requirements of your course.

Applying for taught courses and CDTs

Applying for Taught Courses

All applications are made electronically through the Graduate Admissions website;

MPhil in Energy Technologies
MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development
MPhil in Industrial Systems Manufacture and Management
MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence 
MPhil in Nuclear Energy

What we need from you

  • Two academic references
  • Academic Transcripts
  • CV/Resume
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)

Applicants for the MPhil Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence  are required to complete a separate questionnaire, which you can find here.

In addition you may need;

  • Evidence of your English Language qualification
  • A personal reference and statement (Gates only)

Deadlines

Course Michaelmas 2021 Deadline
MPhil Energy Technologies 30 June 2021
MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development 30 June 2021
MPhil in Industrial Systems Manufacture and Management 30 June 2021
MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence   3 December 2020
MPhil in Nuclear Energy 30 June 2021

Applying for CDTs

All applications for our CDT courses are made through the Graduate Admissions website.

The four years courses comprise of an initial MRes year, followed by a three year PhD programme. Continuation onto the PhD is conditional on satisfactorily completing the MRes year. 

Course Michaelmas 2021 Deadline

Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems

30 June 2021

Future Infrastructure and Built Environment

30 June 2021

Future Propulsion and Power

30 June 2021

What happens next?

When your application has been submitted you will need to ensure that all of the supporting documents are uploaded, as your application cannot be processed without all of the required documents. When complete, it will be referred to the department for a decision.

Your application will be received by the Graduate Studies Office and designated to the relevant course for review by academic members of staff. They will decide whether to invite you for an interview (at the department or remotely).  

When a decision has been made the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office, who will update your self-service account with a decision and send you an email confirming the outcome of your application.  

Decisions

The department receives a high volume of applications, so you may experience a delay in hearing back from us. However all applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we will inform you of the outcome as quickly as possible.

Applying for research courses

All applications are made electronically through the Graduate Admissions website;

MPhil in Engineering

PhD in Engineering

Before you apply

As a research student in this department you will have a supervisor for the duration of your studies, and you will be asked to include their details on your application form. Therefore prior to making an application we recommend the you carefully consider your area of interest, and review both our research group pages and our staff and student directory. When you have identified an academic member of staff whose research interests match your own please contact them to discuss your topic and supervision. 

If you are unable to find an appropriate supervisor please include the research group that you wish to work in, so that your application can be reviewed by an appropriate member of staff.

For applicants considering the MPhil in Engineering, contacting potential supervisors is particularly important, as the course has a limited number of places and not all supervisors have the capacity to accept students. 

You can access the relevant sections of the directory below;

Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Electrical Engineering

Mechanics, Materials and Design

Manufacturing and Management

Information Engineering

What we need from you 

In order to apply for these courses you will need to supply the following;

  • Two academic references
  • Academic transcripts 
  • CV/Resume
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters) This is an opportunity to say more about yourself, your background, and your reasons for wanting to study Engineering research course at Cambridge.
  • Research Proposal (optional) If you wish, you may submit a longer proposal giving more detail about your intended subject of research. This proposal should be concise and efficient, but the Department does not impose a precise word limit.

In addition you may need;

  • Evidence of your English Language qualification
  • A personal reference and statement (Gates only)

Deadlines

Please note the following are the application deadlines, if you wish to be considered for funding please note that the deadlines are much earlier. Please click here for further details. 

Programme Michaelmas 2021 Deadlines Lent 2021 Deadlines
MPhil in Engineering 30 June 2021               NA 
PhD in Engineering 30 June 2021 4 October 2021

What happens next?

When your application has been submitted you will need to ensure that all of the supporting documents are uploaded, as your application cannot be processed without all of the required documents. When complete, it will be referred to the department for a decision.

Your application will be received by the Graduate Studies Office and designated to the relevant academic division for review by academic members of staff, including your proposed supervisor. They will decide whether to invite you for an interview (at the department or remotely).  

When a decision has been made the department will notify the Graduate Admissions Office, who will update your self-service account with a decision and send you an email confirming the outcome of your application.  

Decisions

The department receives a high volume of applications, so you may experience a delay in hearing back from us. However all applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we will inform you of the outcome as quickly as possible.

Overview of how to apply

Applications for all of our graduate courses are made through the Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). All applications are made on the Applicant Portal, on this platform you can upload your supporting documentation, manage your reference requests (including following up with referees) and indicate whether you wish to be considered for the funding competition. You can also track the progress of your application on the portal, and find out if you have been made an offer. 

  

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