There are many resources available to help guide your academic development during your studies.
Attendance and submission of work
The best source of practical information is the CamTools site (Raven log-in required), which contains your course handbook, with dates for submission of work, format of work, Department administration, as well as resources, announcements and a chat room. You can also find submission forms, essay topics, sample essays, and handouts on CamTools.
Students should familiarise themselves with the Faculty Board's statement on plagiarism, a summary of which is given here.
The conclusion of your studies is submitting your final work, and support is available to make sure that your thesis is completed to the correct specifications, and submitted at the right time, in the right place. The information on the Student Registry website will be most useful.
Sources of academic, and pastoral, advice
Your academic supervisor should always be the first person that you approach for academic advice. He or she will know how to help, or know who to refer you to. The Course Director can assist with general academic queries. For all graduate students, the Director of Graduate Education can provide further knowledge, support, and advice.
If you experience personal problems or illness which may prevent you from studying effectively, please don't suffer in silence. It is best to notify your supervisor and the Graduate Secretary in the first instance, in case there are consequences for the submission of your work. Extensions on MPhil essays need the support of your College Tutor.
Courses in research training are organised through the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre programme and may be valuable to students. Some courses are mandatory, but the full timetable can be found at www.ssrmc.group.cam.ac.uk. The course includes modules on advanced statistics and methods training which help lay the foundation for research training for MPhil students who intend to go on to a PhD.
The Cambridge academic year is made up of three terms: Michaelmas, Lent, and Easter, which are of eight weeks' duration.
MPhil students are required to follow a set calendar of lectures and seminars in Michaelmas and Lent terms, with the regular submission of work. Details, and a break-down of each term into its component weeks, are available from the CamTools site.
The SPS Library is available for all students to use, and to study in, on weekdays, and on Saturdays through term as well. More details are available from the . Graduate students have 24-hour access to the Department of Psychology Library.
The University does not allow any full-time students to undertake paid work outside the University. MPhil students are not permitted to work at all while studying.
Graduate forms and procedures
Throughout your studies, the Student Registry requires you to manage your student profile, which means keeping them, and therefore central University records, informed as to any changes that take place in your situation. This is done via the self-service feature of the University's student database system, CamSIS, and you will be provided with log-in details for this system when you apply. You should visit self-service whenever any of the following things become necessary:
- Changing your name
- Changing Colleges
- Applying for a person(s) to join you in Cambridge
- Residing outside the University's precincts
- Changing your Department/Faculty
- Changing your supervisor
- Confirmation of study letters (the Graduate Secretary can also provide these)
The vibrant and energetic Department described on these pages is made up of active psychologists who undertake internationally recognised research and are eager to share their expertise with graduate students from around the world. This group of academics contributes a wide range of fields and experience, creating a well-rounded and diverse community. Visit the staff list to learn more about them.
Seminars and events
There is a series of weekly seminars in social and developmental psychology by national and international speakers, which all are welcome to attend. These and other seminars of interest are advertised on the Department's seminars and events listings.
The graduate attic is a bright and welcoming space within the Department for PhD students to occupy temporary desks to undertake their research and writing. There are kitchen facilities as part of the area. The graduate attic can be used while security staff are on duty. It is essential that students take responsibility for this area by ensuring that any windows they open are carefully closed.
Coffee mornings, organised on a roster basis, take place each week on Mondays at 11am in the graduate attic. It is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with both staff and student colleagues, and to take a break from your studies for a few moments.
Progression to a PhD
In order to progress to a PhD, students should obtain a final mark of 70% or more on their MPhil course. If students are interested in applying to do a PhD and wish to be considered for funding, they should be aware that application deadlines are very early in the academic year. Further information can be found on the Student Registry funding page.