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Graduate Admissions

The Department of Haematology is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Research in the department
falls into three main areas with major relevance for human disease: The Haematopoiesis and Leukaemia
Group, the Structural Medicine and Thrombosis Group, and the Transfusion Medicine Group.

Those research groups also belonging to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute ( will be moving to a brand new purpose built facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in late 2018/early 2019.

The department offers a one-year full-time MPhil programme of research under individual supervision of
principal investigators based in the Department of Haematology. This course can also be taken as a part-time option over two years. During their MPhil the students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and the CIMR Graduate Education Committee / CSCI Graduate Student Committee. There is no taught or examined course work, but students are encouraged to attend research seminars on the Biomedical Campus and elsewhere in the University, including graduate student seminars dealing with generic skills such as intellectual property rights, writing a thesis or paper, and entrepreneurship. 

Students write a dissertation, which is examined via an oral examination.

We welcome applications from graduates wanting to work towards an MPhil degree, in any of the labs belonging to the Department of Haematology. Successful applicants must meet the University minimum academic admissions criteria, and applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in the first instance, to discuss their application and funding possibilities. A list of Haematology Principal Investigators can be found on the Department of Haematology website

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to provide:

  • A period of sustained in-depth study of a specific topic;

  • An environment that encourages the student’s originality and creativity in their research;

  • Skills to enable the student to critically examine the background literature relevant to their specific research area;

  • The opportunity to develop skills in making and testing hypotheses, in developing new theories and in planning and conducting experiments;

  • The opportunity to expand the student’s knowledge of their research area, including its theoretical foundations and the specific techniques used to study it;

  • The opportunity to gain knowledge of the broader field;

  • An environment in which to develop skills in written work and oral presentation.


Continuation from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits and based on a number of factors, including evidence of progress and research potential, a sound research
proposal, the availability of a suitable supervisor and of resources required for the research, and acceptance by
the head of department and the degree committee.

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Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Haematology


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.

Lent 2020

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 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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