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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Molecular Mechanisms of Human Disease is no longer accepting new applications.


Teaching will primarily be oriented around the cohort of students on the course. Building cohort affinities among students provides a safe peer-group space that promotes formation of trusted relationships important for peer-to-peer learning and support (e.g., as critical friends and, ultimately, long term professional contacts).  

 Taught material will take a mixture of formats, including traditional lectures and interactive, discussion-based workshops, blending elements of lecturing, hands-on tutorials, with interactive discussions to stimulate active, critical thinking among students.  

One to one supervision

Students will be supervised throughout their research project.  Discussions are provided on a daily basis at the bench and weekly during lab meetings.  The supervisor on average will meet with the student every two weeks to discuss progress.

Seminars & classes

Students can attend a variety of core topic sessions, seminars, talks and workshops within CIMR, the Graduate School of Life Sciences and elsewhere in the University.


Average of 2-3 hours a week.


Lab-based project over approximately six months.

Small group teaching

Students will be taught via lectures in small groups and also via regular lab meetings (1-2 hours a week) within the research group.

Posters and Presentations

A poster presentation of the research project will form part of the assessment along with the disseration.


With the exception of bioinformatics, feedback will be provided for each assessed element of the course along with the project plan.


Thesis / Dissertation

This course will be partly assessed on a dissertation based on the research project,  not exceeding 10,000 words in length.


This course will be partly assessed by poster presentation on the research project which will be prepared and recorded as a short video (of prescribed duration).

Written examination

a written paper of 2 hours duration


This course will also require:

  • a biostatistics assessment
  • an oral presentation on a research technique 

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Cambridge Institute for Medical Research

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 1, 2024
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.