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Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit) by thesis 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.

Candidates should follow the application process as outlined on the Unit Website Studentships and Application information | MRC Toxicology Unit ( 

Read and research the description of the research undertaken on the Unit website: Research | MRC Toxicology Unit (

Identify a potential supervisor MRC Investigators | MRC Toxicology Unit ( and contact them with your CV and ideas for a research project to see if they can accommodate you within their research group.   You should highlight why you are interested in applying for an MPhil at the Toxicology Unit.

If you are accepted you will need to provide your own funding; the University has a number of funding opportunities, and the deadlines for these are usually towards the end of the calendar year before admission.

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 expect to hear whether they have been successful within 12 weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents.

Appointment to a studentship will normally follow a two stage selection process:  a panel interview to assess overall suitability to study for an MPhil at the Toxicology Unit, and a second stage 1:1 interview with the potential supervisor/s.

The interviewers must be satisfied that the candidate is suitably qualified and capable of undertaking the proposed research and present a final thesis.  

Acceptance is based solely on merit.

The formal offer of admission will be made by the Postgraduate Admissions Office on the recommendation of the Unit.   

What Happens Next? | Postgraduate Admissions (

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)
    For more information on finding a Supervisor, see below.
  • 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

A list of potential supervisors can be found here: MRC Investigators | MRC Toxicology Unit (

Key Information

12 months full-time

24 months part-time

Study Mode : Research

Master of Philosophy

MRC Toxicology Unit

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Dates and deadlines:

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.

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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