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About the Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is a world leading genomics institute at the forefront of experimental, computational and translational genomic research.  We use genome sequences to advance understanding of the biology of humans and pathogens to improve human health.  We are tackling some of the most difficult challenges in genomic research.  This demands science at scale; a visionary and creative approach to research that pushes the boundaries of our understanding in ever new and exciting ways.

2 courses offered in the Wellcome Sanger Institute

The Wellcome Sanger Institute is one of the world's premier genomics research institutes and is at the forefront of this fast-developing field. We use large-scale DNA sequencing, informatics and analysis of genetic variation to further our understanding of gene function in health and disease. The Institute’s PhD programme is open to UK, EU and overseas applicants, and we aim to attract the brightest and best young scientists from all around the world.

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The Wellcome Sanger Institute occasionally takes on MPhil students providing they have the support of a faculty member at the Institute. To obtain support from a faculty member, students should contact them directly. For information on our faculty members’ research interests, please visit the Science Groups page and the Faculty page on the Sanger Institute website.

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4 courses also advertised in the Wellcome Sanger Institute

From the School of the Biological Sciences

The Cambridge Bioscience DTP is a four year PhD programme that aims to create highly skilled and employable people. The programme offers training across 21 University Departments and 5 Partner Institutes providing access to a wide range of research areas related to the strategic themes of the BBSRC.

During the programme, students will undertake two ten-week rotations in different labs before commencing their PhD. They will receive training in a variety of areas including but not limited to statistics, programming, ethics, data analysis, scientific writing and public engagement. Students will also undertake a 12-week internship (PIPS). Students will be expected to submit their thesis at the end of the fourth year and no further write-up period will be allowed.

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From the Department of Clinical Biochemistry

It is essential that young clinicians with aptitude are able to receive high-quality research training in clinical science, representing as they do the future of academic medicine. We can offer training in an outstanding environment in subjects that span the research spectrum from basic science to epidemiology and public health.

We take great pride in our track record of successfully training clinicians to undertake the highest quality biomedical research and the Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences, together with the MRC, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK institutes, offer one of the most rewarding environments in which you could pursue your research training.

Principal Investigators in the Programme provide mentoring, workshops and mini-projects in order to allow successful candidates to make an informed choice of PhD project and supervisor that are tailored to the interests of the candidate. This novel approach to the training of clinical scientists aims to provide the support and mentoring required to allow clinical academics to reach their full potential and pursue a successful academic career. We fully recognise that each individual will have a different background and current training position. Some will be academic clinical fellows whilst others will be on standard training programmes. Equally some individuals who are interested in epidemiology and public health or computational biology/bioinformatics may wish to undertake a taught MPhil to obtain sufficient knowledge before embarking on their PhD. These can all be accommodated within the Cambridge scheme. All we ask is academic excellence, hard work and the will to make a difference to your chosen profession.

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From the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

This four-year programme (MRes+PhD) is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

The programme is designed to train independent, innovative scientists who can develop and use quantitative techniques to advance genomic medical research. The first year (MRes) comprises taught modules and rotations. Successful completion of the MRes year allows the student to continue to the PhD course through the development of a three-year research project that will allow each student to develop and execute a coherent body of research that combines quantitative methods with direct involvement in medical research. An important feature of this project is that all students will have two supervisors, one from mathematics, engineering or other quantitative science backgrounds, and the second from a genetics or genomics biomedical background.

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From the Department of Medicine

This innovative programme was established in 2002 as a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the outstanding research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.

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Department Members

Professor Mike Stratton
Head of Department

Dr Carl Anderson
Director of Graduate Studies

  • 35 Academic Staff
  • 116 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 80 Graduate Students

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