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The MPhil programme offered by the Department of Clinical Biochemistry in the Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) is a supervised, laboratory-based research course (usually 1 year), with each student conducting their MPhil project under the direction of their principal supervisor. The course is entirely by research. 

Students should expect to receive regular supervision from their principal supervisor, ideally at least once a month, and formal feedback each term. 

Students also attend regular lab meetings and will present their work at the annual MRL student symposium.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Students are expected to have regular meetings with their supervisor. In addition, students are assigned an advisor who is a second point of contact re academic advice.

Students should expect to receive online reports at least termly and will have regular meetings with their supervisor who will provide feedback and advice.

Seminars & classes

Students are expected to attend weekly departmental seminars and the "hot topics" sessions organised for all first-year students at the Metabolic Research Laboratories.

Practicals

This is a research-based MPhil. There are no set practicals but students are expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours/week research for at least 44 weeks/year or the pro-rata equivalent if registered for a part-time MPhil.

Journal clubs

Students are encouraged to attend and present at the Metabolic Research Laboratories student journal club.

Posters

Students are expected to participate in, and present their work at lab group meetings. 

All MPhil students are expected to present a poster at the annual Metabolic Research Laboratories student symposium.

Feedback

Students should expect to receive regular feedback on experimental progress and feedback during writing the MPhil thesis from their principal supervisor. Termly progress reports are made by the supervisor and uploaded on an online reporting system which is accessible to students. Feedback on poster presentation is provided following the annual student symposium.

Assessment

Thesis

The MPhil in Medical Science is examined by thesis and viva. The thesis must be no longer than 20,000 words and must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

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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. 14, 2019

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