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2 courses offered in the Department of Paediatrics

The MPhil is exclusively research-based which involves minimal formal teaching (other than health and safety, and induction, which are both compulsory). Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their principal supervisor. However, informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring by fellow students and members of staff.

Students are also required to undertake transferable skills training provided by the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences. At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written thesis, followed by an oral examination based on both the thesis and the wider field of knowledge. The research area and supervisor will be confirmed during the application process.

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Doctoral studies are carried out by science postgraduates, medical students combining clinical training with the PhD, and clinically qualified doctors undertaking scientific training.

The PhD in Paediatrics is a full-time research-based programme, which involves minimal formal teaching. Most of the research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their principal supervisor.

Students are also required to undertake transferable skills training, which is provided by the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences. At the end of the course, examination for the PhD degree involves submission of a written thesis, followed by an oral examination based on both the thesis and the candidate's wider field of knowledge.

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2 courses also advertised in the Department of Paediatrics

From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The MD degree is a doctorate, specific to the University of Cambridge, awarded to clinicians who undertake an extended period of scientific research into the science, art, or history of medicine.  It provides an opportunity for doctors to receive recognition of research achievement within an approved academic programme.

The MD programme, on a par academically with the PhD, spans a maximum of six years, allowing candidates to undertake their research alongside clinical or other responsibilities, at the end of which their thesis is examined by Viva. Any candidate working in a Cambridge University Health Partner institution will be assigned a University supervisor and will  become  a registered student of the University and a member of one of the Colleges.  Any candidate intending to work at an institution outside Cambridge must already hold a Cambridge primary degree and must apply to take the MD by Special Regulations.

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From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The Cambridge Medical Research Council's Doctoral Training Programme will be offering five Industrial MRC CASE (iCASE) studentships for doctoral study, to start in October 2023, and these can be based in either the School of Clinical Medicine, or the School of Biological Sciences.

Each studentship is fully-funded for four years with a current stipend of £18,000 p.a., and includes all course fees, plus a research training support grant. 

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Department Members


Professor David Dunger
Acting Head of Department

  • 34 Academic Staff
  • 6 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 2 Graduate Students
  • 160 Undergraduates

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