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About the Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

The Wellcome Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is an international centre of excellence for research into stem cell biology and medicine. Scientists in the Institute collaborate to generate new knowledge and understanding of the biology of stem cells and provide the foundation for new medical treatments. The Institute is supported by a strategic funding partnership between Wellcome and the Medical Research Council

4 courses offered in the* Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology.  Our scientists study stem cell behaviour, both normal and pathological, and use their findings to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. 

The Institute consists of 28 outstanding research groups, working across three key research themes: Stem Cell States, Stem Cells in Disease and Stem Cells & Therapeutics.  

The Institute offers this one-year full-time MPhil programme of research under individual supervision of a principal investigator. During their MPhil, students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and a Postgraduate Education Committee and Postgraduate Student Committee. 

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The MS-Society Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair offers fully funded PhD positions to motivated students to undertake a PhD at the University of Cambridge.

The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in Myelin biology and multiple sclerosis (MS) and has a dynamic and interactive research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. By bringing together members of both the Schools of Biological Science and Clinical Medicine, this four-year MRes + PhD programme will enable you to take advantage of the strength and breadth of MS and myelin biology research available in Cambridge.

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Specialist postgraduate training in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine is essential to produce a stream of highly skilled and innovative investigators equipped with a deep understanding of stem cell science and its significance for future medicine. In this context, the Wellcome PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology and Medicine is unique in the UK in focus and scope.

The enduring popularity of the programme, which receives on average 200 applications per year, and the quality of research outputs and next destinations are testament to both the calibre of students we are able to recruit and to the high-quality training they receive. Our programme provides an environment that is intellectually rigorous and personally supportive for students, enabling them to set and attain research objectives. The programme is designed to develop analytical and critically-minded individuals. Since its inception in 2008, the PhD Programme has evolved in response to the expressed needs of students and continuous developments in modern Stem Cell Biology.

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The Cambridge Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre for stem cell research with a mission to transform human health through a deep understanding of stem cell biology. Our scientists study stem cell behaviour, both normal and pathological, and use their findings to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

The Institute consists of 28 outstanding research groups, working across three key research themes: Stem Cell States, Stem Cells in Disease and Stem Cells & Therapeutics.

The Institute offers this PhD programme of research under an individual supervision of a principal investigator. During their PhD, the students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and a Postgraduate Education Committee and Postgraduate Student Committee.

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1 course also advertised in the Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

From the Department of Clinical Biochemistry

The Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians is currently under consideration of renewal for October 2022 intake. More information on the outcome of that decision will be known in the Autumn of 2021 and an announcement will be added to this website if successful. If renewed, the course will be opened for applications for academic year 2022 via the postgraduate online portal from ~1 September 2021. Please send queries to Teresa Wallman, Administrator (tdw30@medschl.cam.ac.uk).

It is essential that young clinicians with aptitude are able to receive high-quality research training in clinical science, representing as they do the future of academic medicine. We can offer training in an outstanding environment in subjects that span the research spectrum from basic science to epidemiology and public health.

We take great pride in our track record of successfully training clinicians to undertake the highest quality biomedical research and the Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences, together with the MRC, Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK institutes, offer one of the most rewarding environments in which you could pursue your research training.

Principal Investigators in the Programme provide mentoring, workshops and mini-projects in order to allow successful candidates to make an informed choice of PhD project and supervisor that are tailored to the interests of the candidate. This novel approach to the training of clinical scientists aims to provide the support and mentoring required to allow clinical academics to reach their full potential and pursue a successful academic career. We fully recognise that each individual will have a different background and current training position. Some will be academic clinical fellows whilst others will be on standard training programmes. Equally some individuals who are interested in epidemiology and public health or computational biology/bioinformatics may wish to undertake a taught MPhil to obtain sufficient knowledge before embarking on their PhD. These can all be accommodated within the Cambridge scheme. All we ask is academic excellence, hard work and the will to make a difference to your chosen profession.

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Department Members


Professor Tony Green
Head of Department

  • 11 Academic Staff
  • 66 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 59 Graduate Students

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