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Graduate Admissions

Education and Training

Education & Training Opportunities

The Department of Chemistry aims to provide all graduate students with excellent and relevant graduate training and education, careers advice and researcher development opportunities. 

Academic Lectures & Workshops

Students have the freedom to choose their own bespoke series of academic and careers lectures and workshops from our extensive and evolving range, which directly supports both research and the broader chemistry knowledge base desired by our yearly cohort of students.

Fundamental subjects run annually.  All others run on a 3-year rotation, so each PhD student has at least one opportunity to attend each of the courses during their time at Cambridge, for example:

Year

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Annual Fundamental Topics:

Information Systems, Fundamental Skills, Characterisation Techniques, Molecular Orbitals and Biophysical Techniques sessions are run on a yearly basis.

Lent Term:

Advanced Organic Chemistry

Catalysis Biological

Novel Materials & Microdroplets

Easter Term:

Careers Programme

Drug Discovery

Understanding NMR Spectroscopy

Careers-Centred Sessions

In conjunction with sessions provided by the central University Careers Service, in-house careers-centred sessions are provided within the 3-year rotation scheme by Chemistry Department alumni who have gone on to careers in a multitude of different areas, thus informing career choice decisions of the current cohort with those from the past in an informal setting. The University Careers Service also provides an excellent independent resource for all Cambridge graduate students. 

Researcher Development

The fundamental importance of researcher development is recognised as being key to graduate students’ overall experience at Cambridge and ultimate job prospects. We ensure that our students are supported to attend workshops and other events individually tailored to personal career and professional development plans. Many of these courses are provided by the University run Researcher Development Programme, which is based upon the Vitae Researcher Development Framework,  used across the UK to define areas for professional development, wherever a graduate student ultimately may decide to carry out his or her graduate studies.