Research course

Medical Science (CRUKCI)

University of Cambridge · Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK 2:1 Honours Degree.

The undergraduate degree must be in a related or relevant subject. While not essential, many successful PhD applicants have relevant research experience, gained either as part of a research Masters degree or during laboratory placements.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Applications are co-ordinated by the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI). During year one you will be a probationary PhD student. Registration for the PhD, towards the end of year one, is dependent on the successful completion of a first-year report and an oral examination.

The word limit for the PhD thesis is 60,000 and you will be examined orally on your thesis and on the wider field of knowledge.

Each student is supported by a thesis committee, which also assesses their progress and provides feedback. A thesis committee is comprised of a principal supervisor, who is normally the head of the research team, a second group leader from within the Institute and an additional 1 or 2 external members. Dr Ann Kaminski (Head of Scientific Administration) acts as the first point of contact for any student with a query or difficulty that is not directly related to their scientific work. All student matters in the Institute are overseen by the CRUK CI Postgraduate Training Committee and the Cancer Biology Graduate Education Committee, both of which have the well-being of our students at heart.

All students are encouraged to attend lectures of interest both in the Institute and in the wider University. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied opportunities including transferable skills training offered by both the Institute and the University. Students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings relevant to their course of study. All students in the Institute are members of the student-run graduate society which organises regular scientific and social events.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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