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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Translational Biomedical Research is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research was a top rated masters course by overall satisfaction in student feedback in the University in 2017-18. Testimonials from former students highlight the excellence of the research they have been involved in and the unique and supportive environment of the course and the University. The course is designed to provide graduates with a grounding in the methods and practical application of translational research.

The core of the course consists of small-group work by leading academics and teachers. Students then apply their skills and knowledge to a research placement in a world-class laboratory environment. The course covers the fundamentals of biomedical research with a particular emphasis on experimental medicine and rare diseases.

The main aims of the course are:

  • to give students exposure to the breadth of translational research and develop an area of research interest
  • to generate a hypothesis and apply contemporary research tools to answer important clinical research questions
  • to inspire students to become the next generation of  future leaders in translational research

Learning Outcomes

The main objective is to provide an introduction to, and training in, a methodology for graduates pursuing 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:

  • learned how to conduct and interpret translational research
  • developed an understanding of statistics
  • developed a strong foundation in the fundamental skills and techniques of research into experimental medicine
  • learned how to adapt to the changing research environment
  • acquired practical experience of the application of research theory and teaching
  • 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.

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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. 2, 2019
Application deadline
April 30, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2019

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