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Graduate Admissions

The MPhil degree offered by the Department of Paediatrics is exclusively research-based; students are integrated into the research culture of the department and the institute in which they are based.

The subject of the research project is determined during the application process and is influenced by the research interests of the student’s principal supervisor, ie students should apply to study with a group leader whose area of research most appeals to them. To broaden their knowledge of their chosen field, students are strongly encouraged to attend relevant seminars, lectures and training courses.

At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation (of 20,000 words or less), followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of their MPhil course, students should:

  • have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;
  • be able to formulate a clear and well-defined hypothesis;
  • be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • be able to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • be able to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;
  • be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • have developed skills in oral presentation, scientific writing and publishing the results of their research.


The MPhil Medical Science degree is designed to accommodate the needs of those students who have only one year available to them or, who have only managed to obtain funding for one year, ie it is not intended to be a probationary year for a three-year PhD degree. However, it is possible to continue from the MPhil to the PhD in the Paediatrics (Basic Science) course via the following two options:

(i) Complete the MPhil then continue to the three-year PhD course:

If the student has time and funding for a further three years, after completion of their MPhil they may apply to be admitted to the PhD course as a continuing student. The student would be formally examined for the MPhil and, if successful, they would then continue onto the three-year PhD course as a probationary PhD student, ie the MPhil is not counted as the first year of the PhD degree; or

(ii) Transfer from the MPhil to the PhD course:

If the student has time and funding for only two more years, they can apply for permission to change their registration from the MPhil to probationary PhD. Note, however, that transfer must be approved before completion of the MPhil. If granted permission to change registration, the student will undergo a formal probationary PhD assessment (submission of a written report and an oral  examination) towards the end of their first year and, if successful, will then be registered for the PhD, ie the first year would count as the first year of the PhD degree.

Please note that continuation from the MPhil to the PhD, or changing registration, is not automatic; all cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including the following: 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 degree committee.

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Key Information

1 year full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Paediatrics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2018

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2017
Application deadline
June 30, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2018

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

Applications open
Dec. 6, 2017
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2018
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2019

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

Applications open
March 17, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2019
Course Starts
April 17, 2019

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 4, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2017

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