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Admissions

How to apply

Admissions for the MRes+ PhD programme for an October 2018 start are currently open!

However, admissions for the I+ programme have now closed.

The following details the Applications Process for the 4-year Mres + PhD programme as well as the 5-year I+ MRes +PhD programme. For the I+ programme students will spend the first year working with an industry partner at an industry competitive salary before starting the MRes + PhD years.

UK students are eligible for funding from EPSRC with EU students eligible for part funding.  However, it should be noted that the admissions and funding application process is highly competitive.

Please also see http://www.cdt-civil.eng.cam.ac.uk/Funding

 

 

Apply in 3 easy steps:

1. Decide which scheme you wish to apply

Have you read our pages on the MRes+PhD and Industry+MRes+PhD ("I+") schemes where you can find further information about them?

The MRes+PhD scheme is a 1+3 years programme, while students on the "I+" programme will spend a year with an Industrial partner before starting the MRes+PhD part.

 

2. Read the programme guide and the University website on how to submit the Graduate Application Form - GRADSAF. Note, the programme guide has important information relating to the CDT-FIBE programme, while the University guide has general advice on completing the application. 

 

3. Submit the application

MRes+PhD - please read our page on how to submit your GRADSAF application on-line.

"I+" - please read our page on how to submit the paper GRADSAF application.

 

Who are we looking for?

Who are we looking for?

  • Successful applicants require high level engineering skills. Candidates are likely to have a Civil Engineering background although students from cognate engineering or scientific fields will be considered. Some applicants may have industrial experience.
  • Students are expected to have an upper second class (2.1) or first class honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university.
  • Candidates must have completed a four-year degree or a three-year degree and a Masters course. 
  • Entrance is competitive and successful applicants are likely to have high academic achievements.
  • Funding (fees+stipend) is available to students who are eligible for ESPRC awards. However, the programme has some flexibility and discretion to support the very best students (1 student per intake) wherever they may come from (EU, international or otherwise) so there may well be opportunities arising for those individuals who would not normally meet the eligibility requirements for EPSRC funding. 

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive
and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an
inclusive culture, and values diversity. 

Why should you apply?

Why should you apply?

  • You will be exposed to core Civil Engineering technical areas.
  • You will learn from and work with leading industry figures.
  • You will become part of an active and diverse community of academics, post-docs and graduate students within the University
  • There will be opportunities to interact with academic, research and industry staff with a wide range of expertise.
  • On completion you will have expert knowledge in the area of civil engineering relevant to your research project.
  • You will receive a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum (2017-2018) along with UK/EU fees for four years (conditions apply). 
  • Entrants from the Industry+ scheme will also have received a full year's industrial salary prior to arriving at Cambridge.

 

MRes+PhD

Applications are now open for admission in October 2018

Step 1:  Submit the University on-line Graduate Application Form (GRADSAF)

Apply through the University on-line system selecting the FIBE-CDT course code: EGEGR3. For further information on how to fill in the GRADSAF, please see http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply and http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applicant-portal

Select up to a maximum of 3 potential research projects under Research Projects on this website which also has more details on how to apply.

Applications are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates are therefore encouraged to apply early to ensure the highest chance of success. Please note that we require a full application (including references and all supporting documents) before we can consider the application.

EU and international students applying for funding, please note the funding deadlines. 

 

Step 2:   Interview for a place on the programme

Successful candidates whose experience and qualifications meet the entry requirements and objectives of the Centre will be called for a panel interview in Cambridge or via Skype. Potential projects will be discussed with the candidate and feedback will be provided regarding the availability of specific projects and suitability of candidates to specific projects. 

Receiving an offer

Decisions for candidates eligible for EPSRC studentships will be made as soon as reasonably possible after the interviews (normally within 4 weeks). 

The application process can be found here.

Industry+MRes+PhD (I+)

Admissions for the MRes+ PhD programme for an October 2018 start are currently open!

However, admissions for the I+ programme have now closed.

 

Please read the following information carefully as this is different from the University guidance. 

Students who wish to apply for the Industry+MRes+PhD (I+) scheme must be eligible to work in the UK. Please read the Home Office's website for further information.

Step 1: Complete the paper University Graduate Application Form (GRADSAF)

Please email  for an electronic copy of the GRADSAF form. You are not expected to pay any processing fee for I+ application.

Select up to a maximum of 3 potential research projects under Research Projects on this website which also has more details on how to apply.

Once completed, please send this form along with all supporting documents (transcript, evidence of competence in English - if applicable and CV/Resumé) combined to a single pdf document to the and not to the University. 

For further information on how to fill in the GRADSAF, please read the I+ programme guide 

Upon receipt, applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly encouraged as places are limited.  Please note that we require a full application (including references and all supporting documents) before we can consider you for interview.

Applications are now open for entry in October 2018. Applications are reviewed and prospective students are interviewed continuously. 

Step 2: Interview for a place on the programme

Your application will be assessed to identify if your experience and qualifications meet the entry requirements and objectives of the Centre. If there is a potential match, you will be invited to attend and interview (in Cambridge or via Skype). A face-to-face interview will involve panel interview(s) and a tour of the facilities.

You may also have an interview at the appropriate Industry partner. Please note that each Industry partner will run the I+ scheme in a way that best suits their requirements. 

Studentship funding decision

Funding decisions for candidates eligible for EPSRC studentships administered by the CDT will be made as soon as reasonably possible after the interviews (normally within 3-4 weeks). 

To see our I+ poster, please click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • I am not a UK/EU resident. Am I eligible to apply?

Students who are not a UK/EU residents are eligible to apply. You can apply regardless of nationality or residency.

  • Am I eligible for EPSRC funding?

Eligibility for EPSRC Funding is dependent on your residency status, please see below;

UK Nationals - UK applicants that have settled status in the UK and have studied or worked in the UK for the past 3 years are eligible for full fees and stipend.
EU Nationals - due to the EU referendum, please see this link http://www.cam.ac.uk/eu
Non-EU applicants - Non-EU applicants that have settled status in the UK and have worked in the UK (this does not include full time education) for the past 3 years are eligible for full fees and stipend.

For further information on eligibility please see the EPSRC website.  

  •  Do you have other sources of funding?
The University of Cambridge has several sources available. Please check their website.
  •  My background is not in civil engineering. Can I still apply?
Candidates are likely to have a civil engineering background although students from cognate engineering or scientific fields will be considered too. A good foundation in engineering is important.
  • What are the minimum requirements for the FIBE-CDT  programme?
Students are expected to have a 2.1 or a 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. 
  • How would I determine the equivalent grading standard for my university/country?
If you have not studied in the UK previously, please check here whether your qualifications are considered suitable for entry. 
  • My first language is not English, what do I need to do?
If English is not your first language, please refer to the University's Competence in English page for further information. 
Please note that the Department of Engineering does not allow students to be referred to the University Language Centre.
  • I have already completed an MRes degree, can I only attend/register for the PhD years?

This programme has an integrated MRes year, which students must complete. It is not possible for students to register for the PhD years only. Applicants wishing to begin study at the University of Cambridge with PhD should refer to the Department of Engineering pages for details of direct entry to PhD study.

  •  Does the programme accept self-funded (scholarships, other University and/or governmental funded) students?
Yes, the programme considers students who have funding from other sources.