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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Mathematical Genomics and Medicine is no longer accepting new applications.

This four-year programme (MRes+PhD) is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

The programme is designed to train independent, innovative scientists who can develop and use quantitative techniques to advance genomic medical research. The first year (MRes) comprises taught modules together with two research rotations. Successful completion of the MRes year allows the student to continue to the PhD course through development of a three-year research project that will allow each student to develop and execute a coherent body of research that combines quantitative methods with direct involvement in medical research. An important feature of this project is that all students will have two supervisors, one from a mathematics, engineering or other quantitative science background, and the second from a genetics or genomics biomedical background.

Learning Outcomes

To be an independent, innovative researcher with developed skills in quantitative techniques and theoretical approaches and the ability to apply those skills to practical problems in translational and basic biomedical research.


The MRes is a 12-month, full-time programme which forms an integral part of this four-year PhD course.

Candidates who have been awarded the MRes, and have been accepted into a research laboratory for doctoral work, move straight on to PhD study as a probationer (year two) followed by a first year assessment and registration  to the PhD from year 3.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 7, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

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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