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Graduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £65 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Candidates may select up to two projects (see the MRC DTP website for further details).

Selected projects should be added to the "Research title" field in order of preference quoting the project titles and project IDs.  

In the "Research summary" field provide a brief synopsis of why you have chosen your project or projects.

Please provide the name of the primary supervisor for your first choice project in the "Research Supervisor" field. Use this section to outline why you have chosen the project and how this might fit with your academic or professional aspirations.  Descriptions of the research project on offer and prospective supervisors will be available on the MRC DTP website.

Your chosen projects will be used as an interview guide before you choose your final project.

Any offer is made subject to approval of the final project proposal by the MRC DTP Committee and agreement of the host department and successful completion of the University of Cambridge admissions criteria and process.


This course is part of a scheme within the Graduate School of Life Sciences which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £65 application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here.

Selection Process

You should make a formal application via the Applicant Portal. Applicants will be shortlisted after the closing date and interviews held in Cambridge in January 2020.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-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:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
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. 9, 2019