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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.

In addition to their Principal Supervisor, each student is supported by a thesis advisory committee, which also assesses their progress and provides feedback.  All student matters in the Institute are overseen by the CRUK CI Postgraduate Training Committee and the Cancer Biology Postgraduate Education Committee, both of which have the well-being of our students at heart.



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2 courses also advertised in the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

We provide high-quality research training to clinical health professionals with an aptitude for research to enable them to become future leaders in medical and healthcare science. We offer training in an outstanding environment, spanning basic science, translational medicine, interdisciplinary, behavioural and applied health research.

We take great pride in our track record of successfully training health professionals to undertake the highest quality research across Cambridge and Norwich. We offer one of the most rewarding environments in which you could pursue your research training with world-leading researchers in The  Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences at the Universities of Cambridge, Wellcome Sanger Institute and other MRC, Wellcome & Cancer Research UK funded Institutes, Centres & Units in the wider Cambridge area, as well as the School of Health Sciences and Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia with other partners on the Norwich Research Park.  The most important criteria we are looking for are the pursuit of research excellence, hard work and the will to make a difference to health.

The programme faculty provides mentoring and guidance on opportunities to undertake pre-doctoral research placements, enabling successful candidates to make an informed choice of PhD project and supervisor.  Bespoke training and support for career development for fellows, together with support to supervisors, ensures a successful research experience.  Post-doctorally, we will guide fellows based on their individual progress, to make the transition into higher research fellowships and clinical pathways, enabling ongoing training with continuance of research momentum.

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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 excellent research environments in Cambridge and the US. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors in 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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