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


This MPhil is a supervised, one-year, research course, with each student conducting their MPhil project under the direction of their principal supervisor. The course is entirely by research. 

Please note that this is a research-only course. Information for applicants for the University of Cambridge taught courses in Epidemiology or Public Health is available at

One to one supervision

The Director of Graduate Education will set out expectations for the frequency of your supervision. This will include expectations for formal opportunities for you to gain feedback on your work and progress. Most students have regular weekly/fortnightly supervision meeting but the frequency of supervision may vary according to the research project and the stage of the study.

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


Students should expect to receive regular feedback on their progress during research and writing-up of the MPhil thesis from their principal supervisor. Termly progress reports are made by the supervisor and uploaded on an online reporting system which is accessible to students.


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.

Key Information

12 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

MRC Epidemiology Unit

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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