PhD Doctoral research at Cambridge


PhD Doctoral Research at Churchill

Undertaking PhD Doctoral research at Cambridge University is an opportunity to work alongside some of the finest researchers and academics in the world towards the highest degree available at a University with a world-leading reputation. This form of study is intellectually demanding, requires a high level of attainment and motivation, and is personally and academically rewarding.

Churchill College has been supporting doctoral students since its foundation. When you join the College as a research student, you join a community of around 350 postgraduates, about two-thirds of whom are working towards doctoral degrees, and more than 200 senior academics.

In the postgraduate community of the College, around half the students are in core Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, and the other half are balanced between Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), and Medical and Psychological Studies. A significant proportion of our members work in ways that overlap domains and disciplines, and we encourage formal and informal interaction and collaboration across boundaries. One of the distinctive benefits of the college system is that after a long day in your department, you return to a relaxed community where you may spend time with colleagues or be living alongside people working in completely different ways who understand the world and their research subject on different terms. It is not only a refreshing change, but it can spark and foster new ideas and new creative thinking.

We welcome applications from students who can contribute to a friendly, mixed community of creative and thoughtful scholars with the capacity for positive impact. There is guidance on applying on the application process page. You can find out more about the College as a home for postgraduates here.

We want to make sure every student has the opportunity to perform at their best, and to overcome the ups and downs that can occur during any long-term research project. Every student undertaking PhD Doctoral research at Cambridge as a member of Churchill College is assigned an individual tutor, an experienced Cambridge academic and senior member of the College, who can provide guidance and support, and every student has access to excellent wellbeing help and provision alongside the full range of facilities of the College and the wider University.


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PhD Doctoral research at Cambridge