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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Therapeutic Sciences is no longer accepting new applications.

The course aims to select a cohort of students with the skills, motivation and ability to excel in order to create the next generation of scientific and business leaders in the therapeutics and healthcare sector.

The course is aimed at developing two types of mutually compatible future leaders:

Science Leaders: Those who make a decision to remain in science and will aspire to lead scientific teams, such as heads of genomics, biology, therapeutic development & innovation and clinical development, either within institutions or in pharma. These are the people who invent and discover new technologies and therapies based on fundamental research.   

Science Hunters: These are the scientific entrepreneurs who understand Science Leaders’ innovations and who chiefly know how to transform the inventions into innovations.

This highly multi-disciplinary course is co-developed and co-delivered with industry experts.

Students will develop an understanding of the mechanisms underlying normal function and subsequent dysfunction in human diseases and their amelioration or cure with advanced therapeutic regimes. The program provides students with all the tools and quantitative skills necessary to understand, develop and implement modern cutting-edge techniques in therapeutic sciences and cover the range of conventional and novel therapeutic modalities, including understanding biological pathways and therapeutic mechanisms, diagnostic and prognostic tools, identifying novel targets, and characterizing the pharmacologic profiles of new compounds, including adverse effects and toxicity. The close industry partner involvement in the development and delivery of the course sets it apart from others in the UK and indeed, internationally. Students will benefit greatly from the academic expertise and real-world insights which will be brought together in this academic-industry partnership. The course places special emphasis on novel therapeutics approaches based on, but not exclusive to, recombinant protein technologies, gene therapy, gene editing, cell-based therapies, regenerative medicine and electroceuticals. Students will also understand the social, financial, ethical, legal and policy implications of the introduction of these new therapies, and the course will link this training very close to industrial, entrepreneurial, clinical and regulatory activities to encourage students to consider their studies in a society-wide context.

The aims of this one-year, full-time, training course are to:

  • Give the student relevant teaching and experience of modern therapeutic science research and translation
  • Expose them to a variety of research environments at different developmental stages, instilling the drivers and decision making required at each stage
  • Introduce them to the basic and quantitative skills of experimental design, project management, time management etc. needed in research
  • Familiarise the student with the practicalities of laboratory research, imparting an understanding of the nature of bench research, of record-keeping and data handling, of standard operating procedures and good laboratory practice
  • Introduce them to basic analytical techniques needed to understand and contextualise their research
  • Train students in effective teamwork and basic scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Instil within students the importance of the scientific method and the diligence required in the planning and execution of research in the academic or industrial laboratory

The course will also:

  • Attract students from a wide range of science, medicine and technology backgrounds by providing taught modules with a basic overview of each module
  • Give students the necessary broad understanding of current therapeutic developments and trends to prepare them for future employment within the industrial sector
  • Provide students with adequate experience and mentoring in therapeutic sciences to enable them to make an informed choice of PhD project if they so wish or to move into an appropriate commercial environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Masters course, students will have:

  • Developed a broad understanding of modern research techniques, and thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to research in topics related to therapeutic sciences
  • Been exposed to a number of theoretical approaches to therapeutic science and trained in critical thinking in the area
  • Cultivated critical thinking skills to identify paradigms driving change within the therapeutic sciences landscape
  • Developed key skills required for a career in world-leading therapeutics development, such as collaboration and working together; maintaining strong principles whilst being flexible and realistic; decisiveness in ever-changing scenarios with blurred boundaries and; Mediation skills to promote knowledge sharing, ensure stakeholder ownership and foster innovation
  • Acquired specific expertise in research methods, critical thinking and statistics
  • Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the field
  • Augmented knowledge of a broad range of interdisciplinary research areas and supervisors to inform their choice of PhD projects or careers within the industry setting
  • Undertaken training in academic- and industry-relevant transferable research skills including the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies
  • Gained real-world insights into the implementation of business and entrepreneurial concepts, practices, and tools to facilitate project success in areas of therapeutic sciences
  • Implemented project management knowledge, processes, lifecycle and the embodied concepts, tools and techniques in order to achieve project success

The course will also instil:

  • Systems thinking to identify paradigms driving change
  • A vision rooted in highly ethical and moral patient-focused standards
  • Decisiveness in ever-changing scenarios with blurred boundaries
  • Strong principles whilst being flexible and realistic
  • Mediation skills to promote knowledge sharing, ensure stakeholder ownership and foster innovation
  • Collaboration and working together
  • The ability to take risks and share the rewards

The course will be delivered by academic and industry specialists and involve a combination of formal lectures, interactive sessions, group activities, case studies and e-learning.



While the main aim of this course is to equip students with the skills and training required to become industry-ready scientific and business leaders in the therapeutics and healthcare sector, those who choose to pursue a PhD may apply during the year to do so on successful completion of their MPhil. Students will need to gain a set pass mark in the overall components of their MPhil examination elements and should refer to the relevant PhD department for further guidance on how to apply.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
June 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019