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Postgraduate Study

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, 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 2024, 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, to include a stipend, 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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