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Postgraduate Admissions

This is a four-year PhD programme in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) whereby students spend two years at Cambridge and two years at the NIH.

This innovative programme was established in 2002. Its aim is to train outstanding students in biomedical research, taking advantage of the outstanding research environments. Students work on collaborative projects organised by co-supervisors at both Cambridge and the NIH, spending two years at each institution. Students have access to all NIH facilities and are paid by the NIH. The PhD is awarded by the University of Cambridge.

Learning Outcomes

Students develop a collaborative PhD research project, guided by their Cambridge supervisors and by the NIH mentor.

At the end of their PhD course, students should:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of the literature and a comprehensive understanding of scientific methods and techniques applicable to their own research;
  • Be able to demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • Have developed the ability to critically evaluate current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • Have self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems;
  • Be able to act autonomously in the planning and implementation of research; and
  • Have gained oral presentation and scientific writing skills.

Continuing

The standard for continuers to commence this PhD course is subject to the host department's own admission criteria and separate enquiries should be made.


Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details

Eligible candidates interested in the programme may have an opportunity to meet current and new scholars during orientation visits organised by the NIH. For more information contact Elizabeth McIntyre.


Departments

This course is advertised in the following departments:

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

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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