Research course


University of Cambridge · Department of Haematology

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree.

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

The Department of Haematology is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Research in the department falls into three main areas with major relevance for human disease: The Haematopoiesis and Blood Cancer Group, the Structural Medicine and Thrombosis Group, and the Transfusion Medicine Group.

Those Haematology research groups belonging to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( moved into a brand new purpose-built facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2019. The other Haematology groups are based at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the NHS Cambridge Blood Centre and the Sanger Institute. More information can be found here.

The department offers this full-time or part-time PhD programme of research under the individual supervision of a principal investigator based in the Department of Haematology. A full list of Haematology Principal Investigators can be found on the departmental website.

PhD students on this course are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and the Postgraduate Education Committee and Postgraduate Student Committee. There is no taught or examined course work, but students are encouraged to attend research seminars on the Biomedical Campus and elsewhere in the University.

Students write a thesis, which is examined via an oral examination.

We welcome applications from postgraduates wanting to work towards a PhD, in any of the labs belonging to the Department of Haematology. Successful applicants must meet the University's minimum academic admissions criteria, and applicants are required to contact potential supervisors before submitting an application, to discuss their application and funding possibilities. A list of Haematology Principal Investigators can be found on the Department of Haematology website.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their PhD, students should:

have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;

be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;

have developed the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies;

have self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;

be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and

have gained oral presentation and scientific writing skills.

Information for international students

Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score

Listening 7.0

Writing 7.0

Reading 6.5

Speaking 7.0

Total 7.0

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score

Listening 25

Writing 25

Reading 25

Speaking 25

Total 100


Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)


Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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