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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

Applicants should contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential projects before making a formal application; applicants who have not done this may not receive full consideration.  Prospective students must then indicate their potential supervisor(s) on their application form. Supervisors and their research areas are listed on the Department of Genetics website on the Research Groups and Group Leaders pages. 

Applicants who are applying for University funding should apply by the Funding Deadline. They will then be considered according to the internal timetable for these funding competitions. 

Other applications are considered as they are received on a rolling basis. Applicants should expect to hear whether or not they have been accepted by the Department within six weeks of submitting their completed application and required supporting documents. 

Candidates are usually interviewed by at least two academic members of the Department. Candidates who are currently based overseas, and who are not able to attend in person, may be interviewed remotely.

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 (M)
    Before submitting your application, we suggest you contact a supervisor. Applications without a prospective supervisor may not receive full consideration. For more information on finding a supervisor, see below.
  • Statement of Interest (M)
  • Research experience (M)
  • Research Proposal (O)

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

Applicants should contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential projects before making a formal application; applicants who have not done this may not receive full consideration.  Prospective students must then indicate their potential supervisor(s) on their application form. Supervisors and their research areas are listed on the Department of Genetics website on the Research Groups and Group Leaders pages. 

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Genetics

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Course on Department Website

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.


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