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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

This course is part of a scheme within the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here.

Selection Process

Applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions).

Applicants should expect to hear whether or not they have been successful within six weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents (if a supervisor has been identified on the application).

What Happens Next? | Postgraduate Admissions (cam.ac.uk)

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Proposed Supervisor
    Before submitting your application, you must contact a Group Leader and receive confirmation from them that they have an available place for you in their laboratory. You must provide the Group Leader/Supervisor’s name in your application. You cannot submit your application without this. See below for more information on how to find a Group Leader/supervisor.
  • Statement of Interest (M)
    Please outline your motivation for postgraduate studies and your choice of lab and project (approximately 250 words).
  • Research Proposal (M)
    You should discuss your Research Proposal with your prospective supervisor before completing this section.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

You should first identify one or more laboratories where you wish to study (Details of the research carried out in the Department can be found here). You should then make informal contact with the Group Leader(s) to ensure they are able to supervise you and to understand the research project you wish to undertake. The email address of Group Leaders can be found here

Once you have received a confirmation from a Group leader of an available place in a laboratory of your choice, you can apply via the Applicant Portal. You cannot apply until you receive this confirmation.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 year part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Biochemistry

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 13, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2024
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.