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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Medicine is no longer accepting new applications.

The Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine Doctoral Training Programme in Medical Research (SCM DTP-MR) is offering at least 10 fully funded PhD studentships commencing in October 2024.

Projects must be based in a department, unit or Institute of the School of Clinical Medicine. Please refer to: http:.//

Applicants will be able to apply to advertised projects focused on the following research themes: 

  • Neurosciences and Mental Health
  • Infections and Immunity
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Data Science for Health

The programme is structured as 0.5 + 3.5, and in the first 6 months students will undertake two 3-month rotations projects in different laboratories. These projects will be in different disciplinary areas related to your field of research, and will allow refinement of your PhD project in line with your emerging research interests as the programme progresses.

Towards the end of the second project, students will confirm their preferred project and supervisor for the full PhD, which will commence after Easter in year 1 and last for 3.5 years.  The first year assessment will take place 1 year after joining the PhD lab (ie 18 months after joining the programme).

You will need to successfully complete the first year to be able to progress into your second year of studies.

Learning Outcomes

Along with the specific research training provided by both the laboratories and departments in which they work, students receive further training organised specifically for DTP students, such as dedicated bio-informatics sessions. 

We also have an active DTP student committee, founded and run entirely by our students, who organise numerous cohort events specifically for our DTP students, including an annual symposium. 


Those who wish to progress to a PhD after completing an MPhil will be required to satisfy their potential supervisor, Head of Department and the Faculty Degree Committee that they have the skills and ability to achieve the higher degree.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

Key Information

4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Clinical Medicine

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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.