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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.

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

Applicants must secure the support of a supervisor within a laboratory before their application will be considered. A list of supervisors at the Stem Cell Institute can be found at https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/people/pi. Please contact your preferred supervisor(s) to discuss your potential supervision, proposed research project and funding options.

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

Selection Process

Applications are considered as they are received (rolling admission). However, applicants wishing to be considered for the University's postgraduate funding competition will need to apply by the relevant deadline (see side bar on right), which may fall earlier than the departmental application deadline. Students are encouraged to discuss funding with potential supervisors prior to submitting their application.

Applicants should expect to receive a communication from the postgraduate administrator within three weeks following submission of their completed application and supporting documents. Applicants with no named supervisor will not be considered.

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
  • Statement of Interest
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
  • Proposed Supervisor
    You must contact a Supervisor and secure their support before making an application. For more information on finding a Supervisor, see below

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 must secure the support of a supervisor within a laboratory before their application will be considered.  A list of supervisors at the Stem Cell Institute can be found at https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/people/pi so please contact them directly. 

Once you have had contact with a potential supervisor and been advised by them to make a formal application, you can submit your application via the online Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline.

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Key Information


4 years full-time

5 - 7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Wellcome - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute

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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.


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