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PhD Polar Studies (Scott Polar Research Institute) (Part-Time)

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
January

 Tuition fee

International
34979 GBP
National
21297 GBP
EU
21647 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Department of Geography and Scott Polar Research Institute
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600
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About this course

Research in Polar Studies embraces both the natural sciences (physical geography, biogeography) and social sciences. The PhD in Polar Studies is a full-time 3-year research degree (or 5 years part-time), examined by a dissertation. A successful dissertation will represent 'a substantial contribution to knowledge' and will also represent a realistic amount of work for three years' full-time study (or equivalent part-time).

In the first year, students attend a comprehensive training programme based around seminars and workshops, dealing with fundamental ideas in geography, the design of research projects, and empirical methods and techniques. The University of Cambridge also offers a wide range of training courses for personal and professional development. There is no set course material.

Each graduate student is assigned a principal supervisor to guide their research. They will work closely with their supervisor. Thereforebefore making an application you must satisfy yourself that advanced study in your chosen field can be effectively supervised by the Scott Polar Research Institute. Acceptance of any applicant will be dependent upon specialist supervision being available. Please consult the Institute's web pages to obtain an idea of its current research interests.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Thesis

A dissertation of up to 80,000 words, if a candidate's work falls within the social sciences, or 275 numbered pages (of which not more than 225 pages are text, appendices, illustrations and bibliography) if a candidate's work falls within the physical sciences.

Other

All PhD students are probationary in the first year. Students are required to submit a written progress report which is examined by two assessors and an oral examination of the report will be undertaken. Progression to the second year and registration for the PhD depends on a successful first year review.

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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