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University of Cambridge Research Phd Reviews

Updated 12 Nov 2019

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University of Cambridge Vice Chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz
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5 Ratings
  1. "Good"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher 

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time

    Pros

    Money, support, intellectually stretching, friendly environment

    Cons

    Stress, very competitive, not a clear entry into academic job market

    University of Cambridge2019-08-25
  2. "Good when it's good, bad when it's bad"

    3.0
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opens a lot of doors and opportunities

    Cons

    Your experience depends entirely on your supervisor and group. Make sure you pick a good one otherwise it can be very difficult and frustrating. Also extremely competitive - not a lot else matters apart from achievement. People aren't driven by passion or curiosity they're driven by recognition and success.

    University of Cambridge2019-11-12
  3. "Excellent academic environment"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours, excellent teammates, academic freedom

    Cons

    Low pay, long hours despite being flexible, tough work and could take over your work-life balance

    University of Cambridge2019-10-14
  4. "Wonderful environment for research"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Department of Engineering is a very stimulating atmosphere for research. Most supervisors are able to strike a balance between providing concrete guidance and encouraging independent exploration. You can attend lectures and seminars by top researchers in your field. The atmosphere is friendly and inclusive. Cambridge is largely a university town and feels very snug. Teaching opportunities are also available, whether one wants to do lab demonstrations or small group supervisions. Doing your PhD here is highly recommended.

    Cons

    They do like to hire their own, whether it is PhD students or lecturers, which is perhaps not always optimal.

    University of Cambridge2019-05-24
  5. "Early Stage Researcher Marie Curie"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, there is a possibility to work remotely.

    Cons

    Not very well organised place to have a lunch break.

    University of Cambridge2019-05-15
  6. "Early Stage Researcher at Cambridge"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Support and opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a variety of courses and programmes organised by the University

    Cons

    There is a highly selective hiring process.

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    University of Cambridge2017-07-25
  7. Helpful (1)

    "PhD researcher"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great people in and around the university. The host of facilities and equipment is terrific. Generally there is a plethora of opportunities outside of research to get involved with.

    Cons

    A lot of high flying researchers who care solely for publications and personal gain rather than science. A lot of the brightest minds are put off from academia due to the unhealthy dog-eat-dog world of academia, which, I suspect is more pronounced at this university.

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    University of Cambridge2016-08-29
  8. "PhD Student Experience"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Phd Student Researcher 

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great support, ability to build network with world-leading researchers. - Many available funding opportunities, including for conference travels. - Amazing location, very accessible to london

    Cons

    - Some facilities are very out-dated. Expected more for a world-leading university. - Layers of bureaucracy. - Can be overwhelming.

    University of Cambridge2016-08-08
  9. "PhD Researcher"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The university has a great reputation and it's easy to access all the information that's needed for research in the many libraries. The college system is also a plus.

    Cons

    The pay is not great, and administrative things can run quite slowly.

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    University of Cambridge2016-08-06
  10. "Student experience"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PhD Researcher in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cambridge has more resources available for social research than any other European university I've come across, both in terms of financial support and connections globally.

    Cons

    Both the staff and the student body can be somewhat dogmatic and closed-minded; there is definitely a preference for internal candidates for promotions and opportunities.

    University of Cambridge2015-11-14

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