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Course Diary

Although most lecture courses take place during the University term dates (see table below), written assignment and project-related work is carried out outside these dates. Students are required to be resident in Cambridge (unless working on a designated project placement) for the duration of the course, and are expected to participate in all mandatory course activities outside the periods of Cambridge Terms.

Event Timetable

Induction Programme:

29 September 2016, 11.30-2pm (Thursday am, week before Michaelmas in the Rayleigh seminar room, Maxwell Building)

Contact research supervisors:

26 September-3 October 2016 (week before full Michaelmas Term)

University PostGrad Health and Safety Course:



 Departmental Health and Safety briefing/training:


Tuesday 4 October 2016, 10-12 noon, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (arrive 9.45am) Booking necessary


Attendance at one is compulsory, booking is necessary:

Friday 7 October, 4-5pm, Ryle seminar (50 capacity)

Monday 10 October, 11-12pm, Ryle seminar (50 capacity)

Departmental Welcome Event:


6 October 2016, 4-6pm, Pippard and foyer area, Cavendish Lab.

Mock exams

mid December 2016 (week after end of lectures) [7 papers]:

5-8 December, Rayleigh & J J Thomson seminar rooms, Maxwell Building

Mon 5 Dec, 10-12, paper 1, Numerical Analysis (Fundamentals)

Mon 5 Dec, 2-4pm, paper 5, Electronic Structure

Tues 6 Dec, 10-12, paper 4, Numerical Analysis (Linear Systems)

Tues 6 Dec, 2-4pm, paper 7, Machine Learning

Wed 7 Dec, 10-12, paper 2, Numerical Analysis (ODEs)

Wed 7 Dec, 2-4pm, paper 6, Atomistic Modelling

Thur 8 Dec, 10-12, paper 3, Numerical Analysis (PDEs)


Numerical Analysis (papers 1-4)

(third week of January)

10-12 noon, 19-24 January 2017, in Rayleigh & J J Thomson seminar rooms, Maxwell Building:

19 January 2017: Paper 4, Linear systems

20 January 2017: Paper 3, PDEs

23 January 2017: Paper 2, ODEs

24 January 2017: Paper 1, Fundamentals

Machine Learning (paper 7)

10-12 noon, 16 January 2017, in Rayleigh & J J Thomson seminar rooms, Maxwell Building

Electronic Structure (paper 5)

10-12 noon, 18 January 2017, in Rayleigh & J J Thomson seminar rooms, Maxwell Building

Atomistic Modelling of Materials (paper 6)

10-12 noon, 17 January 2017, in Rayleigh & J J Thomson seminar rooms, Maxwell Building

Progress review/Mid Term Assessments:

Friday 2 June and Monday 5 June (Last week of May/First week of June)

Viva voce examination:

First or second week of September

Examiners meeting:

21 September 2017


Submission deadlines


12:00 noon on:

List of taught courses:

4 October 2016 (first day of Michaelmas Term)


Written assignments:

29 March 2017 (nb. out of Lent Term)


Project progress report:

25 May 2017


31 August 2017


University Terms





Tuesday 4 October 2016

Friday 2 December 2016


Tuesday 17 January 2017

Friday 17 March 2017


Tuesday 25 April 2017

Friday 16 June 2017

Note that the information contained in this Handbook is correct at the time of going to the press but may change during the year. You are advised to check the course website and Google calendar regularly for up-to-date information.

We keep an updated live version of the timetable on Google calendar which the students have access to. It is shared with everyone in the  University of Cambridge. If you cannot see the calendar below, please follow the instructions to access Google Apps @ Cambridge.