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Postgraduate Admissions

About the Department of Radiology

The Department of Radiology is part of the School of Clinical Medicine and is one of several University of Cambridge medical departments which are fully integrated with Addenbrooke's Hospital.  There is significant collaboration in teaching and research and the Department has been instrumental in developing many new techniques within the fields of CT, MRI and Ultrasound.  It has long pioneered new methods of interventional image-guided procedures (e.g. breast and neck node histological biopsies).  There are particular strengths in Neuro-imaging, Breast imaging and Hepatic imaging.  Many members of the Department have performed work related to the effectiveness of imaging.  At present the Department is engaged in leading-edge research into the use of hyperpolarised carbon13 in MR imaging and is  involved in a major collaboration with the University of Manchester to establish a national Cancer Imaging Centre.  These two areas in particular offer opportunities for graduate research.

2 courses offered in the Department of Radiology

The MPhil in Radiology is a one-year period of research at the end of which the student submits a thesis of up to 20,000 words. The student will join one of the active research themes in the department which are currently MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, PET, Imaging in Oncology, Breast Imaging and Neuroradiology.  

The Radiology MPhil is most appropriate for those who wish to pursue academic or clinical research at a level beyond that of an undergraduate degree and will give a good basic training in a specific radiology research topic. 

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The Department of Radiology usually admits three to five postgraduate students each year to study for a PhD. Students will join one of the department's active research themes, which are currently MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, PET, Imaging in Oncology, Breast Imaging and Neuroradiology.

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2 courses also advertised in the Department of Radiology

From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The MD degree is a doctorate awarded to clinicians who undertake an extended period of scientific research. 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 degree and must apply to take the MD by Special Regulations.

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From the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research (SCM DTP-MR) includes institutes and units within the School of Clinical Medicine, as well as other University Partner Institutions.
The program is offering at least five fully funded PhD studentships commencing in October 2022. Applicants should identify a group leader whose area of research falls into one of the following themes:
  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Infections and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Data Science for Health

Applicants will be expected to approach the group leader, and agree on a suitable research proposal for consideration.  

Students on the SCM DTP-MR will complete 2 rotations in the first two terms. These projects will be in different disciplinary areas related to your field of research, and will allow refinement of your PhD project in line with your emerging research interests as the programme progresses.   The SCM DTP-MR studentships must be based in a department, unit or Institute of the School of Clinical Medicine. Please refer here. 

You will need to successfully complete the first year to be able to progress into your second year of studies.

This is an annual competition, and the opening and closing dates will be advertised on and on the SCM DTP-MR website.  ​For further details on the application process, please refer here

In addition, five Industrial MRC CASE (iCASE) studentships will be available for doctoral study at Cambridge, to start in October 2022. These studentships allow postgraduate research students to receive high quality research training, with the additional benefit of working closely with an industrial partner. These collaborations will provide MRC iCASE students with unique technical and transferable skills, as well as an insight into how commercial science is conducted, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The industry partner specifies a research project that will be of importance to them, and provides a placement at their premises for the student of at least 3 months, together with an additional non-academic supervisor. Projects for MRC iCASE studentships will be advertised in Oct 2021, and can be based in either the School of Clinical Medicine, or the School of Biological Science. For further details on the application process, please refer to the MRC DTP website.

Each studentship (MRC iCASE and SCM DTP-MR), is fully-funded for four years with a stipend of £18,000 p.a., and includes all course fees, plus a research training support grant.

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Department Members

Professor Fiona J. Gilbert
Head of Department

  • 8 Academic Staff
  • 3 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 8 Graduate Students

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