When do I need to be in Cambridge?
The Academic Year commences on 1 October and finishes on 30 September each year.
For 2021, Michaelmas term: October 4th to December 17th inclusive
Lent term: January 4th to April 8th
Easter term: April 25th to July 31st.
(Note: our teaching dates may not always reflect standard university term dates.)
An indicative timetable for 2021-2022 is available here.
Students are expected to be in attendance at all of their classes.
Students may also need to attend a viva in September.
Is it okay if I arrive in Cambridge after term starts, or leave early, or miss some teaching?
We’d rather you didn’t. Induction in the first week includes important learning and relationship building that is essential for your success on the course.
Where does the course teaching take place?
Most classes are held in dedicated classrooms in the Institute for Public Health building (IPH) on the Biomedical Campus near Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge. Some smaller groups may meet in other rooms in nearby locations, either within IPH, at Strangeways Research Laboratory, or in the Clinical School.
Will I need a computer?
Students are expected to bring their own laptops, ideally with the following specifications (or equivalent):
- Intel Core i5 or newer processor (students planning to follow the HDS theme will need i7 9th generation or newer) (or synonymous AMDs)
- 8GB (HDS, 16GB) of RAM
- Disk capacity of 250GB or more (HDS, 512GB or 1TB)
- Windows 10 x86-64 (ideally Windows 10 Pro x86-64) or an up to date x86-64 Linux distribution (ideally Ubuntu x86-64) installed.
- Built-in gigabit ethernet port or supported ethernet adapter
- Built in wireless network controller or supported wireless network adapter
- Built in web cam, microphone and speakers or supported external devices
For students experiencing financial hardship and unable to access their own computer, the department has some, very limited, capacity to be able to lend out a laptop. If you are accepted on to the course and you believe that lack of a suitable laptop would be a barrier to your attendance, please contact the course administrator.
How do you handle accessibility issues?
All reasonable accommodations are made to ensure the course is accessible to all successful applicants. We work with the University’s Disability Resource Centre to ensure appropriate provision for all students.
Do you welcome people from all backgrounds?
Yes. We adhere to and actively promote the University’s statement on equality and diversity:
The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity.