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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Population Health Sciences is no longer accepting new applications.

Funding Opportunities

A limited number of departmental scholarships are available for selected students. These scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the course admissions committee to cover a portion of the tuition fees. All applicants will automatically be considered for these scholarships.  For full details and funding application deadlines got to the funding portal and use the search function.

Applications submitted prior to the funding deadline will automatically be entered into the Cambridge University Postgraduate Funding competition.  

The Lucy Cavendish – Trinity Global Health Studentship

This is an annual scholarship of £30,000 to support MPhil Population Health Sciences’ students.
The studentship is to cover tuition fees and maintenance fees for Home students and can cover the majority of tuition fees for Overseas students. There is no specific MPhil PHS theme preference for the award. In academic year 2024/25, the applicant must select Trinity college as their first choice college.

All applicants who select Trinity college as their first choice college will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

GDAR MPhil scholarship

Established in 2017, the global diet and activity research (GDAR) Network ( is focused on built and food environments to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCD). Led by the University of Cambridge, Network members are in South Africa (University of Cape Town and University of Witwatersrand), Nigeria (University of Lagos), Kenya (Kenya Medical Research Institute), Cameroon (University of Yaounde I), Jamaica (University of West Indies), Brazil (Federal University of Minas Gerais), and UN Habitat. A long-term goal of the GDAR Network is to generate evidence for sustainable, resilient NCD prevention related to healthy diets and physical activity in the broader context of urban development and climate emergencies in diverse low and middle-income settings.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the current project of the Network running from Sept 2021-Aug 2025 is GDARSpaces, a syndemic approach to the prevention of diet- and activity-related NCDs in the context of urbanisation and climate change. As part of this project, the Network is offering a scholarship for one student per year from a partner country (South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Jamaica, Brazil) to undertake the MPhil in Population Health Sciences (Global Health theme).

Applicants to the Global Health theme from these countries will automatically be considered for this scholarship.

As part of the scholarship, in addition to tuition fees and a stipend of £20,000, the successful candidates will join the early career researcher forum of the Network, offering an opportunity to build their peer network with researchers globally as well as accessing additional training opportunities. In addition, the incumbent will be supported to identify a dissertation topic using data from the Network’s research activities.

General Funding Opportunities

Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:

Component Cost
University Composition Fee £13,554
Maintenance £15,521
Total Annual Commitment £29,075


Additional costs - Laptop requirements

Students are required to bring their own laptops for use throughout the course, ideally with the following specifications (or equivalent):

Either of:

  • IBM compatible laptop with Intel Core i5 Coffee Lake or newer processor (students planning to follow the HDS theme may wish to consider an i7 processor), with an x86-64 version of Windows 11 or Windows 10 (ideally Pro versions) or an up to date x86-64 Linux distribution (ideally Ubuntu x86-64) installed;
  • MacBook Pro or MacBook Air model, dated 2018 or later with macOS Monterey installed.


  • 8GB of RAM (16GB of RAM recommended for HDS) 
  • Disk capacity of 512GB or more 
  • Built-in gigabit ethernet port or supported ethernet adapter
  • Built in wireless network controller or supported wireless network adapter
  • Built in web cam, microphone and speakers or supported external devices

Key Information

10 months full-time

22 months part-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
March 28, 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.

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