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Department welcomes prospective postgraduates

Courtesy Department of Chemistry Photography

Around 100 potential postgraduate students attended the department’s Graduate Students Admissions day in October.

The event was laid on to inform them about the how’s and why’s of pursuing a postgraduate degree in Chemistry and included departmental tours and information sessions. The heart of the event was a series of ‘flash’ research presentations given by academics representing the department’s five Research Interest Groups (RIGs). 

Between the presentations, student volunteers gave lab tours and Graduate Students Advisor Dr Rachel MacDonald hosted information sessions on the issues sometimes faced by applicants, such as visa rules, language requirements and fee status.

Visitors were also able to speak to current students and postdoctoral researchers, many of whom presented their research posters in the Cybercafé at lunchtime and during the closing reception.

“The day always requires a great deal of organisation,” said Head of Graduate Recruitment Dr Rebecca Myers, who runs the event. “I’d like to thank everyone who contributed. Without them all pitching in, these events would not be as popular as they are.”

The deadline for submitting applications for an MPhil or a PhD in Chemistry is Friday 10 November.  All applications must be made through the Applicant Portal on the University’s Graduate Admissions website. Prospective students can also visit the department’s Graduate Admissions website, which lists additional links for various sources of funding.

This year for the first time, videos of all the presentations are being made available on the department’s Graduate Admissions website to help anyone who could not attend the event but would like to find out more about the department.  The website also provides useful links to sources of funding.

For entry in 2018, the department will be able to offer a limited number of MPhil students additional training in Entrepreneurship via a project completed through the Judge Business School’s EnterpriseTECH programme. There could also be scope for some interested PhD students to engage in this programme during their time here. Anyone interested in this should contact Dr Rebecca Myers at rmm32@cam.ac.uk.