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Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Working whilst studying

The University has strict rules about how much paid employment a full-time graduate student is permitted to undertake. Note that it is NOT possible to fund your studies by 'working through' your degree, except as set out in Sections 2 and 3 below. The rules regarding working while studying are set out on the University's website

1 Teaching undergraduates

Within these constraints, the Graduate School encourages graduate students to undertake teaching or lab demonstrating relevant to their studies up to a maximum of six hours a week. Not all students will have the opportunity to do this, however, as availability is limited. We do not offer Teaching Assistantships. Training is strongly recommended for graduate students wishing to make themselves available to teach undergraduate students.

2 Members of University Staff taking research degrees

Staff engaged in full-time research in the University as Research Assistants may wish to explore the possibility of applying for admission to the University as a full-time research student. This may be possible where the candidate: holds the minimum academic qualifications required; has the strong support of his or her principal investigator and head of department; is employed for at least the minimum duration of the research degree; and the project intended for the degree maps exactly onto the research carried out in the employment (such that no more than 6 hours per week would be spent on work other than the degree). Where the research projects are less than fully matched, candidates may seek to register for a part-time research degree, providing they are employed for the minimum research period of the degree sought. Staff employed by the University who register for a research degree are normally eligible to pay the Staff Fee.

3 Other employed persons wishing to register for a research degree

Researchers in institutes and local companies may apply for a part-time research degree, but are not eligible for the Staff Fee rate. Clinicians undertaking training in and around Cambridge may undertake a full-time or part-time degree or diploma via the Clinical Academic Training Programme.



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.