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About the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

The Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) is situated adjacent to Addenbrooke's Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.  It aims to link the laboratory to the clinic with a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer-focussed research.  Cancer Research UK, Europe's largest cancer charity, funds much of the research  in the Institute. 

2 courses offered in the* Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

The MPhil course in Medical Science at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) is a research course in which each student is integrated into the research laboratory of their supervisor. The MPhil student works alongside other postgraduate and postdoctoral colleagues on a specified project agreed with the supervisor. The student is expected to contribute to the advancement of the research in the laboratory and is supported to write a thesis towards the end of their study period.

MPhil students are encouraged to attend scientific talks of interest both in the Institute and in the wider University. They are also encouraged to take appropriate training courses that support their study, such as courses on scientific writing, making presentations etc. MPhil students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of postgraduate student life in the Institute and are full members of the Postgraduate Society.

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The PhD in Medical Science in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI) is a research course in which each student is integrated into their principal supervisor's team of researchers, working closely with their postgraduate and postdoctoral colleagues. Each student will work on a well-defined, specific project which will be aligned with and contribute to the overall objectives of the research team.

The student is expected to take ownership of their project and to drive it forward with assistance from other members of the Institute, such as colleagues and core facility staff. The student is supported to submit their thesis within four years of commencing the study, and to prepare their research findings for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.  

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2 courses also advertised in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge 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 (

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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From the Department of Medicine

This innovative programme was established in 2002 as a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the outstanding research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.

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