By phd | March 28, 2009
The University of Cambridge is the second oldest university in England. Growing out of a scholars association, perhaps as early as 1209, the school started in Oxford but left due to a disagreement with the locals. Consistently ranked as one of the top five schools in the world, it provides many opportunities for postgraduate studies.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Subjects and Admissions:
The University of Cambridge offers Doctorate Degree Programs in various subjects including Architecture, History of Art, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, Divinity, English, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, South Asian Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, English and Applied Linguistics, Biological Sciences (including Veterinary Medicine), Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Materials Science, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, Computer, Engineering and many more.
To apply for this PhD Program, students should be able to produce transcripts from a previous Bachelors or Masters degree with a GPA of 3.7 or higher (upper second class degree) from a recognized university. Each Doctorate Degree Program has its own standards of English competence, so check first (Most programs require 7.0 for IELTS results or equivalent). Prior to any formal application process, student can contact to related supervisor or faculty to understand the availability of supervisory team and resources. When applying, apart from admission application, applicants must present a 500-1000 word research proposal, two academic references and transcripts of recent qualifications. An interview is also an essential part of the process. Masters students may be accepted provisionally and tested at the end of their first year in order to continue fully in the program.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Duration and Process:
Full time students are expected to present their thesis of 60-80,000 words at the end of their course of study which should take a minimum of three years. Part time students have longer to complete their work, at least five years should be anticipated. Each student will have a supervisor who will check their progress at the end of each term. Some subjects also require a first year report submission to further progress to PhD level. The report will present an understanding about previous progress and future plans for final thesis (writing and submission) and oral examination. During the PhD program (of three years study), university also offers various graduate training programs to assist research activities in different departments.
Doctorate Degree Programs - Financial Assistance:
The University offers 40 scholarships for international Doctorate Degree Program students. Financial support is awarded to students who show exceptional promise and excellent grades in previous studies. The Cambridge Overseas Trust also provides scholarships geared to students from other countries, some of which are reserved specifically for students from developing nations. Applicants on an international student visa may also work part time in certain jobs to help fund their studies. It is important to note that various colleges of University also offer domestic research studentships for UK and EU candidates, covering fees and maintenance for three years full-time researchers. However it is important to note that all departments award these studentships purely on merit.