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Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Current Students

This section contains information on policies, procedures and guidelines for current students within the Graduate School of Life Sciences.  There are separate sections for each programme which include a specific student life cycle. 

The information contained on this page is relevant to all graduate students.

Students are governed by the University's Statutes and Ordnances and the Code of Practice for Research Degrees. The Ordnances that apply to all graduate students are in Chapter VI and the regulation for the PhD, MSc, MRes and MPhil degrees are in Chapter VII.  The Code of Practice is also updated annually and the version published for the year of admission to the course pertains in the case of an individual student.



All students are required to matriculate when they first start their programme of study.  Matriculation marks the formal admission of a student to membership of the University.  From October 2012 this will be an electronic process.  



All graduate research students are required to attend a GSLS Induction day.  These are held at the beginning of the Michaelmas (October) and Lent (January) terms.  Students starting in the Easter term (April) are invited to attend the induction in the following Michaelmas term.  Details of our inductions will be posted as events on our home page. Students undertaking taught MPhil programmes are encouraged to attend should their schedules permit.



Students are encouraged to make the most of the training and skills development activities during their time here.  Further information can be found on our Skills Development webpages.  Students should download and complete the personal progress log from the website, and should review this periodically (with their supervisor) to ensure that their training needs are being met.   Training logs may be reviewed as part of the first year assessment for PhD students. They do not form part of the formal assessment for MPhil or PhD.


Student Gateway

Students can access a lot of general information about life at the University at the Student Gateway.  Please note that this is general information for both graduate and undergraduate students.


CamSIS Self Service

CamSIS is the University's student information system.  It is updated by students, supervisors and administrators.  Students are responsible for keeping the system up to date as regards personal and contact details.  Students can also use self service to initiate applications for leave to work away, intermission, etc.  Further information can be found here.


Research Conduct and Academic Integrity

All students should be aware that good conduct in carrying out and presenting research for examination or publication is an essential part of graduate education at the University of Cambridge - our standards are high and strict rules are applied to those who do not comply with the basic principles of good practice.


Research Governance

Research Governance information for students in the School of Clinical Medicine can be found here.

 Research Governance information for students in the School of the Biological Sciences can be found here



Presentation at Graduation Congregations are organised by Colleges.  Students should bear in mind that not all Colleges present students at each Congregration.  Students should check with their Colleges before making any plans.

Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.