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University of Cambridge Student Reviews

Updated 4 September 2018
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  • "Really expensive to live in the city" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Very poor career progression opportunities unless you are one of the lucky few academics" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Life of a PhD Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Former Employee - PhD Student
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best opportunities to work with the best researchers in your field.

    Cons

    They are quite strict on PhD deadlines.


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    "PhD Student in physics 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

    - the best minds of the world in one place
    - access to good resources
    - prestigious, hence useful for future jobs

    Cons

    - very competitive to go on to a postdoc/research fellow, and gets even harder as you progress up further to a permanent position
    - pay for giving supervisions to undergraduates is very low
    - your life quality and mental health depend very much on your PhD supervisor
    - any admin work takes months - especially ones through the Student Registry

    Advice to Management

    - better management of PhD supervisors e.g. setting up min criteria they must satisfy in order to obtain PhD students, as their eligibility varies tremendously
    - better support for well being of PhD students

  3. "PhD student"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    access to the best resources. met the best supervisor of my life here.

    Cons

    some research groups receive less attention from the University than others, which is not entirely based on research capability and level of significance of the work.


  4. "PhD Student at the University of Cambridge, UK"

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

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stimulating and productive work environment, motivated co-workers, helpful discussions with supervisors and postdocs. Highly recommended!

    Cons

    Can be daunting to start to work at, but will be rewarding in the end. It is expensive to rent a property in Cambridge.


  5. "STEM PhD Student Review"

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

    I worked at University of Cambridge full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top-notch research environment. Will be hard to live up to the reputation of those before me! An incredible and unbeatable learning and living environment + study/work-life balance.

    Cons

    Is being increasingly bloated down by red-tape, namely charging research students excessively for use of departmental equipment. I understand there are costs to using equipment but the current approach stifles research.

    There is a cancer of "equal outcome" (not opportunity) social-justice-culture brewing in the education and liberal arts faculties. Be careful!

    Advice to Management

    - Direct funding towards research instead of student groups and administration staff.
    - Change the "minimum maintenance" figure to something more realistic -- consider that it is the only quotable figure that students can write research grant proposals for, so is ultimately what most receive as funding. Companies are often happy to pay a bit more (student maintenance is small in comparison to the other grant figures) but need a number to cite.


  6. "phd experience"

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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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    world class researchers, super smart peers

    Cons

    office facilities a bit out dated


  7. "Graduate student - positive experience"

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    Current Employee - Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - 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 a year)

    Pros

    Love it here. So much to do, so little time

    Cons

    None except the constant lack of sleep.

  8. "Cambridge Student"

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

    Excellent teaching and facilities, along with a host of extracurricular opportunities.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and little down time, making it difficult to take advantage of all the opportunities available.

    Advice to Management

    There is a noticeable increase in difficulty with each passing year in terms of the material each successive generation of students is expected to learn. It would be nice to see an effort to remove older, more redundant content and replace it with new content rather than simply adding content each year.


  9. "Graduate Student - PhD course in Medicine at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality research institute provides access to numerous academic opportunities and state of the art instrumentation.

    Cons

    Academic standard so high you'll work yourself to burn out and a prestigious degree.


  10. "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).