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The MPhil in Medical Science course is exclusively by research. The project and supervisor are determined during the application process. In addition to the principal supervisor, it is likely that the student will also be appointed a day-to-day supervisor who is able to provide hands-on assistance. Given the interdisciplinary nature of some of the projects, students will also be expected to seek guidance from other colleagues, including postdocs and core facility staff. Students will participate in the Institute's weekly seminar programme, lab meetings, journal clubs and training courses.

One to one supervision

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

The amount of supervision you require may vary depending on your prior knowledge and on your particular research experience. Formal supervision is likely to be around one hour per week, plus also day-to-day supervision in the lab. It is the student's responsibility to book regular meetings with their supervisor and to prepare in advance to make the meetings as effective as possible. 

Lectures

M.Phil students are strongly encouraged to attend ~2 hours of lectures per week on topics relevant to their course of study. This may include lectures on all aspects of cancer research and introductions to state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies.

Journal clubs

Twelve hours per term

Feedback

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

Students should expect to receive ongoing feedback from all members of their supervisory team. This could take place during one-to-one meetings or during lab meetings. In addition, students can expect to receive a termly online report prepared by their principal supervisor.

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

The course is examined by thesis and oral examination (viva). The thesis must be no longer than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, and must satisfy the internal and external examiner that the 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.

The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Other

The student is expected to give a brief presentation (15–20 minutes) to the Institute within four months of commencing study. This allows the student to introduce themself to all colleagues and to inform them of the nature of their project.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

24 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

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. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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