Graduate study information
For information on graduate admissions in the Department of Medical Genetics or CIMR Medical Genetics, please read the following frequently asked questions and answers.
Finding your topic and supervisor:
To choose a department, you need to be able to identify a topic and find one or more supervisors in that department with whom you wish to work. If you have not already decided, you should:
- Browse the list of PIs and visit their personal/group page to check details of their research, see if they have any vacancies and make contact with them to discuss your plans.
- If you are interested in more than one supervisor within the department, you can name them as first and second choice in your application, but if you want to apply to supervisors in different departments, you will have to make separate applications (one to each department).
- Many research topics are also available in other departments of the Graduate School of Life Sciences. Click here to browse the Graduate School database.
Which qualification would you like to apply for?
- Taught MPhil in Genomic Medicine– A one-year full-time taught course in Genomic Medicine, delivered in partnership with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute. This course is also available as a part-time option (six terms) leading to the degree of Master of Studies and parts of the course may be taken for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. For further details on the course and for application information, please see ice.cam.ac.uk/genomics.
Funding is available from Health Education England for applicants who are NHS employees.
- MPhil by research(thesis) (1 year) – A one year full-time or part-time research course consisting of three (fulltime) or five (part-time) terms
- PhD (thesis) – A standard three-year programme with flexible start dates (can also be taken part-time over five years).
Are you eligible to apply for admission to our programmes?
There is a high level of competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programmes. Like all departments in the Graduate School, we require all our graduate entrants to have the following:
- At least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (eg CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
- Two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
- Fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.
For more details of the University’s academic requirements please click here.
How to apply to the University:
Please visit Graduate Admissions website for full instructions on how to apply online.
You should apply for admission to the University using the University’s online Applicant Portal if you:
- Wish to apply for University-wide funding competitions – funding competitions all have very early deadlines.
- If you have been awarded a specific studentship / programme position in competition
- If you wish to apply for a College studentship
- If you have an external scholarship; or
- If you have your own funding.
If you have any questions about the MPhil in Genomic Medicine, MPhil by research or PhD study, contact the Postgraduate team: clusterPG@medschl.cam.ac.uk