skip to content

Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Medical Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) is no longer accepting new applications.


The MPhil is a research-based course and the project and supervisor are determined during the application process.

The MBU has a programme of seminars and lectures delivered by visiting speakers and members of the Unit. There are also Journal Clubs, organised by the Unit's postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists.



One to one supervision

Four hours per week.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Two hours per week.


One hour per week.

Journal clubs

Two hours per week

Posters and Presentations

During the first term, MBU MPhil students will present an overview of their project to Unit members. 


Feedback is given both formally and informally on a regular basis by the supervisor, adviser or both.  

The supervisor will provide written feedback to the student each term with progress reports submitted online. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made and include a specific comment on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University.


Thesis / Dissertation

The scheme of examination for the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study in Medical Science for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis must provide evidence to satisfy the examiners that a candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

Key Information

12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Master of Philosophy

MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit

Course - related enquiries

Application - related enquiries

Course on Department Website

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.