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University of Cambridge Student Reviews

Updated 28 September 2017
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  1. "Best place to launch a career in science"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities.
    Lots of funding.
    Work among Nobel prize winner.
    Access to new cutting edge technologies (although this varies between departments).

    Cons

    PIs are good researchers but not necessarily good bosses.

    High pressure environment.

    Some departments are very old which means you dont get AC in the summer or proper heating in the winter.


  2. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities and good funding opportunities

    Cons

    competitive environment, low salary, poor work life balance


  3. "PhD at Biostatistics unit"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities, beautiful city and prestige

    Cons

    Uber stressful environment, not so good on mental health


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  5. "Early Stage Researcher at Cambridge"

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    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

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    "Student life at Cambridge"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with the absolute top of your field of research. Access to funding and equipment as good as it gets in Europe.

    Cons

    Short PhD program (3-4 years) with no taught courses is quite different to those in the US or elsewhere.


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    "Great University"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very independent work and self-defined. There is a huge variety of subjects to choose from. The university and colleges create a very stimulating environment for high class research.

    Cons

    The housing market in Cambridge is very problematic leading to a steady increase of rents. Also the PhD stipend is quite low.


  8. "Great place to do research"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere combined with excellent research facilities. Definitely recommended place both for bachelor and higher degrees.

    Cambridge is also a technology hub so great opportunities for career development.

    Cons

    This place can be sometimes intimidating, since a lot is expected from someone studying at a top 5 institution.

    The food in Cambridge is awful :(


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-tier university
    Can boost your CV

    Cons

    Housing has become very expensive
    Salaries are quite low compared to other countries


  10. "student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the system of colleges is great to get to evolve in 2 different circles (the department where you have your classes and your college)

    Cons

    in the undergrad level, lack of group work. this is however not the case at the postgrad level, especially at the business school where you get to work a lot in groups

    Advice to Management

    it would be good to create a career services especially for the business school - even if the general career service is very performant and experienced


  11. "PhD Student Mathematics"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Offered a lot of freedom to pursue own research interests. A PhD degree in mathematics from Cambridge offers a solid career perspective.

    Cons

    One is expected to work off-hours in order to achieve research results. Standards and expectations are very high.