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Training Programmes and Research Studentships

Please see links for specific procedures for applying for the following training programmes and research studentships.

MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience 

PLEASE NOTE - There is a single round of admissions each year for the following listed programmes.  Details of how to apply and deadlines for applications will be published on their webpages.

BBSRC DTP - Cambridge 4 Year Programme in Biological Sciences
Cambridge/Babraham - MRC Doctoral Training Programme
Centre for Trophoblast Research
Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms
Wellcome Trust/MRC 4 year International PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology 
Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Programme in Metabolic & Cardiovascular Disease 
Cambridge 4 year British Heart Foundation Programme in Cardiovascular Research

 

 



 

Finding a supervisor

Important note:  applicants for the PhD (BLPN22) and MPhil (BLPNM1) need to identify a potential supervisor before submitting their application.

Choose a research project area from the groups listed in the research themes (see link below). Make contact with the supervisor(s) by email to find out more information about possible projects. Initial enquiries should be made as early as possible, please check the University link to funding deadlines.

PDN research themes

 

 

 

Deadlines

The academic year for the University begins on 1 October and most students take up their studentships then, although other start dates, such as January or April, are possible.

The deadline for the University funding competition is 12 noon (BST) on 3 January 2019 for applicants applying for admission in October 2019, January 2020 and April 2020.  Students from the USA who wish to be considered for the Gates USA competition need to apply much earlier as their deadline is 10 October 2018.

 

Please consult the University application and funding deadlines. It is important to note that deadlines for applications and funding vary for each programme, so it is best to check their individual websites for full information.

 

BBSRC DTP - Cambridge 4 Year Programme in Biological Sciences
Cambridge/Babraham - MRC Doctoral Training Programme
Centre for Trophoblast Research
Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms
Wellcome Trust/MRC 4 year International PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology 
Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Programme in Metabolic & Cardiovascular Disease 
Cambridge 4 year British Heart Foundation Programme in Cardiovascular Research
MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience  

 

Entrance requirements

The minimum entry requirement is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant biological subject. For overseas students, the minimum undergraduate GPA for entrance into the University is 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Further information is available from the University Graduate Admission website.

The requirements specified in the link below are the minimum requirements for graduate admission to the University.

Entrance requirements

A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found at: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/international/qualifications/

 

Which degree?

The PhD degree normally involves a minimum of three or maximum of four year course of research, although part-time degrees are now possible. The MPhil degree is a one year course of research. Both culminate in the submission of a dissertation which is defended in an oral examination. Training involves a combination of instruction from within the research group, learning the skills and developing research experience on a day-to-day basis, and formal training courses. The latter are designed to develop extra technical and transferable skills. Further information is available from the Graduate School.

Our Course Codes:

MPhil in Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) - Course Code: BLPNM1
PhD in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience - Course Code: BLPN22
MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience - Course Code: BLPNM3 

For details of all courses see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses

Important note:  applicants for the PhD (BLPN22) and MPhil (BLPNM1) need to identify a potential supervisor before submitting their application.

 

Funding

Information about the costs and fees for graduate training in Cambridge can be found on the Graduate Admissions webpage
http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance

The department has a limited number of studentships available each year, mostly through the MRC and Cambridge Centre for Trophoblast Research training programmes. These support UK and some qualifying EU students and will be awarded on a competitive basis. In addition, individual labs may have specific funding for students from time to time.

Overseas applicants are encouraged to explore funding possibilities from their own country and/or from the Cambridge Trusts. For further information see http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Funding Search
Search awards administered by the University of Cambridge (departments, faculties, colleges, central offices and other internal sponsors)
http://www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk/

FindAPhD.com
The following website provides some helpful information on sourcing funding for graduate studies.
http://www.findaphd.com/student/funding/funding-1.asp

 

College membership

The University of Cambridge is a collegiate university, and all its students are members of a college. When completing the application form for admission (Applicant Portal), you can indicate two college preferences for college membership or you can make an open application which will allow a computer program to make college choicees for you.

It is very important for you to research your College choice thoroughly as it is not possible for an applicant to change their preferences for college membership once their application has been submitted, and applicants are not able to decline the offer of a college place and request an alternative. Please read the information provided in all three of the following links before making your selection:

The College experience:  https://youtu.be/RqRFa4ezmVo

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/studying/colleges/

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/collegenew.html


Step-by-step guide on how to make a University application (Applicant Portal)

Step 1: Contact supervisor(s)

Important note:  applicants for the PhD (BLPN22) and MPhil (BLPNM1) need to identify a potential supervisor before submitting their application.

Choose a research project area from the groups listed in the research themes (see link below). Make contact with the supervisor(s) by email to find out more information about possible projects. Initial enquiries should be made as early as possible, please check the University link to funding deadlines.

 

 

PDN research themes

Step 2: University Application

Apply online via the Applicant Portal: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/

The deadlines for the University funding competitions can be found at the following link:  http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

 (Note:  there is an early deadline for applicants from the USA who wish to be considered for the Gates Competition)

For details of our Course Codes see:

MPhil in Biological Science (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) - Course Code: BLPNM1
PhD in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) - Course Code: BLPN22
MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience - Course Code: BLPNM3  

Important note:  applicants for the PhD (BLPN22) and MPhil (BLPNM1) need to identify a potential supervisor before submitting their application.

For details of all courses see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses


The Graduate School of Life Sciences has a scheme which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £60 application fee. A list of eligible courses and further information can be found here.


Requests for general information or enquiries about procedures should be directed to Mrs Aileen Jordan, Graduate Administrator (gradinfo@pdn.cam.ac.uk).