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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Translational Biomedical Research is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research is a broad degree title covering research preparation in clinically related areas. The course is based around a translational research project but also includes a number of taught elements.

All students attend the same lectures, which includes subjects in both experimental medicine and rare diseases, in addition to core research topics. Students then choose a translational research project in either experimental medicine or rare diseases.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to provide students with the relevant experience 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.

(*MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research known as the MPhil in Clinical Science in 2016/17)

Learning Outcomes

The main objective is to provide an introduction to, and training in, methodology for graduates considering a career in biomedical research. The course is specifically aimed at students who wish to apply basic science to medical practice. By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • reached a sufficient level of theoretical knowledge to conduct and interpret translational research;
  • developed a strong foundation in the fundamental skills and techniques of research into experimental medicine;
  • developed a basic understanding of statistics;
  • learned how to apply contemporary research tools to clinically relevant areas of investigation;
  • acquired an understanding of the complex issues associated with conducting sound clinical research/trials; and
  • developed the ability to be competitive in seeking support for clinical research.


Students may apply during the year to continue to a PhD on successful completion of their MPhil. Such students may need to gain a set pass mark in the MPhil examination and should refer to the relevant PhD department for further guidance.

Key Information

10 months full-time

22 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Medicine


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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