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University of Cambridge Student Reviews

Updated 8 December 2017
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  1. "PhD Student and Contractor"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent supervision available
    Great commercial opportunities
    Great social networking opportunities with well-established events

    Cons

    Expensive to live and to rent/buy
    Some supervisors can be simply not interested in their students
    Flexibility in procedures varies greatly between departments


  2. "PhD Student - Chemistry Department"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent networking opportunities and opportunities for collaboration. Good if you enjoy working independently.

    Cons

    Sometimes no adequate office space is provided. The working environment is heavily dependent on your supervisor. In some cases you have complete freedom, other supervisors prefer to micromanage their students.

    Advice to Management

    Create better mentoring and guidance systems. More support should be given on real problems and challenges (research based).


  3. "Lots of opportunities for learning and networking"

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

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

    Pros

    Great multicultural environment. Good setup for networking and reaching pioneer scientists

    Cons

    At some points, it can get stressful


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  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "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
    Recommends
    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
    Recommends
    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.


  11. "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 :(