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MPhil student (2020-2021) Daniel Malawsky wrote:

Being a student at Sanger is an incredible experience, ranging from outstanding mentorship to world-class data and a friendly, lively student environment. The funding structure of the institute allows group leaders to engage in highly collaborative, large scale projects that get at the deepest and most pressing questions in biology and genetics today. 

The MPhil program allows you to dive into research, unencumbered by taught course requirements unless one wishes to take any. The year of research is demanding, but the quality of the science and mentorship make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I learned more in one year than I could’ve imagined, and developed field specific as well translatable skills. Ultimately, this year teaches you to be a scientist and independent thinker, where you leave wanting to ask more research questions than before you started (and perhaps continue on to a PhD to do so as I did!). 

Aside from the science, Cambridge is a lovely city and the University, especially the colleges, promote an enriching social life. There are plenty of formal and informal activities and societies one can join, with something for everyone. I could not be happier with my experience at Sanger! 

Daniel Malawsky (April 2022)

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12 months full-time

24 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Wellcome Sanger Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

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.

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Oct. 2, 2024
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2025

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2025
Course Starts
April 17, 2025

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
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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