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    Hello! Initially I was quite hesitant to post this because my target audience would be of those doing PhD... and usually they're very busy (I guess?) But I personally don't know anybody who did their PhD there, and I really want to know how's it like.. so here it goes:

    Anyone care to share their experiences of doing PhD in Cambridge? How was/is it like? How's the supervisors? The facilities (especially in the School of Education)? How is the life of a Cambridge PhD student? Based on your personal experience, would you recommend others to do their PhD there (I know, who wouldn't recommend, it's a great university, duhh hahah)? Why is that so? Do you think it's worthwhile?

    Your response is highly appreciated!
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    (Original post by Nyna_R22)
    Hello! Initially I was quite hesitant to post this because my target audience would be of those doing PhD... and usually they're very busy (I guess?) But I personally don't know anybody who did their PhD there, and I really want to know how's it like.. so here it goes:

    Anyone care to share their experiences of doing PhD in Cambridge? How was/is it like? How's the supervisors? The facilities (especially in the School of Education)? How is the life of a Cambridge PhD student? Based on your personal experience, would you recommend others to do their PhD there (I know, who wouldn't recommend, it's a great university, duhh hahah)? Why is that so? Do you think it's worthwhile?

    Your response is highly appreciated!
    This forum is mainly for Cambridge undergraduate courses and applicants, so you'll have a better chance of getting replies in postgraduate forum (there's a thread specific for Cambridge postgraduate course there).
    Also, it'd be better to ask the question for specific course/subject you want to do your PhD in as your experience will depend a lot on your subject/supervisor/department facility/funding availability, etc. etc. I know several people who did PhD at Cambridge and they're generally happy there but their experiences were also very different from each other, both on academic and non-academic aspects.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    This forum is mainly for Cambridge undergraduate courses and applicants, so you'll have a better chance of getting replies in postgraduate forum (there's a thread specific for Cambridge postgraduate course there).
    Also, it'd be better to ask the question for specific course/subject you want to do your PhD in as your experience will depend a lot on your subject/supervisor/department facility/funding availability, etc. etc. I know several people who did PhD at Cambridge and they're generally happy there but their experiences were also very different from each other, both on academic and non-academic aspects.
    Ahh will do just that. Thanks for your suggestions and reply! Hopefully I can get the info I need.
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    (Original post by Nyna_R22)
    Hello! Initially I was quite hesitant to post this because my target audience would be of those doing PhD... and usually they're very busy (I guess?) But I personally don't know anybody who did their PhD there, and I really want to know how's it like.. so here it goes:

    Anyone care to share their experiences of doing PhD in Cambridge? How was/is it like? How's the supervisors? The facilities (especially in the School of Education)? How is the life of a Cambridge PhD student? Based on your personal experience, would you recommend others to do their PhD there (I know, who wouldn't recommend, it's a great university, duhh hahah)? Why is that so? Do you think it's worthwhile?

    Your response is highly appreciated!
    Hi, Martin here! I did a PhD in Zoology in Cambridge, but jointly with the Natural History Museum. Supervisors and research facilities vary according to departments, but there are a lot of postgraduate students in Cambridge and a lot of facilities are provided by the University (like the University Library and e-resources, or the Careers Service for example). There's also things like additional funding around as well - I found that I had a few more opportunities for this kind of thing than people I met at the Museum who were studying at other UK universities. However, this is just my experience and your mileage may vary.

    In terms of College life, you can be as involved as you like. Some people live in College accommodation and go to every event, others rent privately (so they can be near their department or live with their partner) or only stop by college to collect their post. A lot of socialising will take place around the department rather than just around the College (I found this quite different to undergrad). I lived out and rented privately as I did my undergrad at Cambridge so didn't feel I was missing out on College life and so I could live with my partner/fiancee/wife (a lot can happen during a PhD!).
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    (Original post by Nyna_R22)
    The facilities (especially in the School of Education)?
    Faculty of Education is a very very good environment to study in - it's a modern building towards the edge of the city centre, and contains the main Education library, seminar rooms, offices, a PhD room for independent study, a cafe and a social area for doctoral students/staff.

    The education librarians are amazing - absolutely dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Absolutely brilliant. The only problem with the Cambridge library system is that, if you're expanding your study into the regions of philosophy, sociology or any of the other wider disciplines associated with education, you'll probably need to visit other libraries around the university (although that can be a plus if you like exploring around Cambridge, it can also be a pain in the neck if you need three different books from three different libraries, from which you don't have borrowing rights)

    There's also a very good programme of seminars and events, always something going on, details on the Faculty website.

    BUT - the choice of supervisor is far more important than the choice of university. Cambridge, like all universities, has areas of specialism in education, and some of them are very specialist!
 
 
 
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