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Graduate Admissions

The Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) considers applications for an MPhil by research from both basic scientists and clinical trainees.

Students undertake a specific research project, typically of 12 months' duration, with a PI at the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) and submit a thesis which is examined for the MPhil in Medical Sciences. 

Before making a formal application, applicants should contact individual investigators whose work interests them to discuss potential projects and availability of funding.

The Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) considers applications for an MPhil by research from both basic scientists and clinical trainees.

Students undertake a specific research project, typically of 12 months' duration, under the supervision of a principal investigator at MRI and submit a thesis which is examined for the MPhil in Medical Sciences. 

Before making a formal application, applicants should contact individual investigators whose work interests them to discuss potential projects and availability of funding.

Students receive training in scientific laboratory skills and methods appropriate to the project. Graduate students also attend regular Hot Topics and Technical sessions and weekly seminars given by a local, national and international speaker. All students are encouraged to attend appropriate training courses provided by the University Graduate School of Life Sciences. Students have opportunities to present their work at group meetings and seminars within the Metabolic Research Laboratories as well as at conferences and symposia. 

There is an energetic student community at the MRL that organises regular events such as a student journal club and an annual student symposium. 

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • 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 their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Continuing

Transfer from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor, full funding and resources required for the research; and acceptance by the Head of Department and Degree Committee.


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.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Clinical Biochemistry

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2019
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2020

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 11, 2020

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

Michaelmas 2020

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.

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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. 9, 2019

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