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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Stem Cell Biology is no longer accepting new applications.

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.

Applicants must complete the University's online application form by the closing date, via the online Applicant Portal.

Applicants should not specify a preferred supervisor in advance.  Successful students will select their rotation labs after they have joined the Programme.

Applicants wanting to be considered for the University's postgraduate funding competition (to cover the 'Overseas fee' rate) should pay attention to the separate funding application deadlines (see sidebar on right).

Selection Process

All applications are considered as part of a gathered field after the closing date. Interview invites will go out approximately two weeks following the application deadline and interviews are usually held at the end of January/early February.

Interviews are generally held in person, although remote interviews may be offered to overseas candidates.

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If you have not heard back about your application by the advertised interview date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted.

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
  • Wellcome Trust - Statement of interest

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 for this Programme are not expected to contact potential supervisors in advance of making an application.

Supervisors for the three first-year rotation projects will be selected once candidates have started the programme. A list of potential supervisors, eligible to supervise students on this programme, can be found here

Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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