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Infection and Immunity is no longer accepting new applications.


In their first year, students will attend Principal Investigator-led core topic sessions which cover (i) fundamental techniques including bioinformatics, microscopy, flow cytometry, data analysis and statistics; (ii) cutting edge technologies such as the design and execution of genetic screens, new proteomic approaches and mathematical modelling; (iii) key transferable skills including communication, scientific writing, public engagement and ethics. Each PI will contribute to this teaching and small group tutorials allow for a personal flavour and flexible dynamic.

Training in scientific communication and critical thinking continues throughout the PhD including oral presentations at the annual symposium. Additional training in later years will include adopting a ‘near-peer’ mentor role and organization of internal conference including opportunities to engage with non-academic speakers and editors.

One to one supervision

Supervision will vary from student to student depending on need and in accordance with the academic requirements of the project. However, all students can expect to interact with a member of their supervision team on a daily-to-weekly basis. Students can expect to receive direct guidance from their academic supervisor on at least a monthly basis, with more frequent guidance if required.

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

Seminars & classes

Throughout their PhD all students will be expected to present their research at the CITIID seminar series and at the annual symposium. This provides an opportunity for supervisors and course organisers to monitor student progress. To aid career development and consideration of future opportunities, this symposium will include short talks from recent alumni describing their career trajectory since completing their PhD. This will be complemented by presentations by more senior representatives from non-academic career paths.


There are no practicals outside the laboratory-based work.

Journal clubs

Supervisors will guide students on attendance at relevant journal clubs – students will generally attend around one such meeting per month.

Posters and Presentations

Students will be expected to give one poster presentation per year to the Department.


Students receive formal feedback regarding their progress in the form of written termly reports from their supervisor, which are uploaded on an online supervisor reporting system.

The supervisor will provide verbal feedback more frequently as part of day-to-day supervision.


Thesis / Dissertation

PhD students are expected to submit a thesis of no more than 60,000 words within four years of commencing study.

The thesis is examined at a viva by one internal and one external examiner appointed by the Faculty Degree Committee.


All PhD students are required to undergo formal assessment (by written report and viva) at the end of their first year in the PhD stage of the programme. If successful, the student moves from being "probationary" to being registered for the PhD and can proceed with their project.

Key Information

3-4 Years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Medicine

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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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