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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Clinical Medicine is no longer accepting new applications.

This programme is designed to allow clinical academics to reach their full potential and pursue a successful academic career. Three scholarships are offered in 2019 via a further round of admissions.

Fellowships supported either by the University or Wellcome Sanger Institute cover the broad themes of genetic medicine, infection and immunity, neuroscience and mental health, structural and cell biology applied to medicine, cardiovascular medicine, developmental biology, and epidemiology, public health and primary care. To be eligible to apply for fellowships at the Sanger Institute, you must be medically qualified; individuals qualified in veterinary medicine can only apply for fellowships in the University of Cambridge.

The programme includes a series of lectures, workshops, and taught modules aimed at developing a personal portfolio of training. There is also the opportunity for a three month "out of programme experience" (OOPE) for individuals who do not hold academic clinical fellowships. During this time you will attend appropriate lectures, workshops, meet a range of supervisors and undertake mini-projects in laboratories in your area of interest that enable students to select a PhD supervisor and second supervisor, and to prepare a PhD research proposal in the form of a "project grant application".

Students choosing to undertake a PhD in epidemiology, public health and primary care, can undertake an MPhil before embarking on a PhD.

Students attend a two-day Introduction Course for graduate students at the start of the programme, and also attend various transferable skills training sessions throughout the year. It is expected that students spend approximately two weeks each year on transferable skills training. The Graduate School of Life Sciences provides a large selection of both taught and online courses to choose from.

Year one

During year one students are encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings and to attend journal clubs and seminars. Under University of Cambridge regulations, all PhD students are "probationary" in their first year and must undergo an assessment after 12 months in order to be registered for the PhD. Students are therefore required to write a report on their work to date and plans for forthcoming work, and attend a viva. There is also a summer symposium where students can present their work.

Year two

You will be encouraged to present regularly at lab meetings, departmental seminars and at meetings of learned societies. You will also prepare for, and present at the summer symposium. Your progress will also be reviewed by the mentoring committee.

Year three

Regular presentation at lab meetings, departmental seminars and meetings of learned societies. Your progress will be reviewed by a mentoring committee and you will again present at the summer symposium. You will prepare your thesis for submission (deadline of 30 September) and your final viva will take place in October or November.

Further information can be found on the programme website.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor 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. 3, 2018
Application deadline
March 15, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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