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Graduate Admissions

The MRC Epidemiology Unit is a research department in the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge and investigates the causes and prevention of obesity and diabetes. The department also hosts the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) which studies the population-level determinants of dietary and physical activity behaviours, develops and evaluates public health interventions and is helping to shape public health practice and policy. This one-year research degree will provide training and experience in a specific epidemiology or public health research project.  In addition students will be given training in generic epidemiology or public health research skills as well as core transferable skills.

Please note that this is a research only course.  Applicants for the University of Cambridge taught courses in Epidemiology or Public Health should see here:


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 PhD research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor, full funding and resources required for the research; and acceptance by the head of department and the degree committee. The time spent on MPhil research is then counted towards the first probationary year of the PhD. If your intention is to apply to continue to the PhD after completion of the MPhil, it is essential that you pass the MPhil.

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Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

MRC Epidemiology Unit


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Easter 2020

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2020
Course Starts
April 10, 2020

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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