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The Master of Surgery (MChir) is exclusively research-based. The research area and supervisor will be confirmed during the application process. Students will conduct their research with both University and NHS specialists in their field of study and may be co-supervised by someone on the Addenbrooke's staff or other health trusts within the East of England.

One to one supervision

Students will receive regular supervision from the supervisory team and will attend regular related research meetings.

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

Seminars & classes

Students are likely to attend research group meetings where research results are presented and discussed.


Students are encouraged to attend research lectures and seminars on a range of clinical subject areas, both on campus and in the wider University of Cambridge.


Students are expected to spend the majority of their study time pursuing laboratory or clinical research.  Students undertaking clinical research projects may be involved in the recruitment of patients onto trials and help to monitor their progress. Depending on their training, students may also undertake some basic procedures, such as sample collection.

Small group teaching

There may be an opportunity to participate in small-group teaching if this is relevant to the student's project. More general small-group teaching may be available.

Journal clubs

There may be an opportunity for students to participate in journal clubs when appropriate.


Students are expected to undertake a literature review relevant to their chosen research project.


There are relevant conferences in the UK and overseas throughout the year. If a student has developed his or her research to a sufficient level to coincide with a relevant conference, then there could be the opportunity to present at the meeting.

In addition, there are periodic student-oriented events throughout the Biomedical Campus, including poster competitions in which students are encouraged to participate.


The supervisor will provide feedback to the student each term. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made and include specific comments on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University. These reports are made online and can be accessed by students.


Thesis / Dissertation

Examination for the MChir degree involves submission of a written thesis of not more than 20,000 words. This is
followed by an oral examination (viva voce) based on both the thesis and a broader knowledge of the chosen
area of research. The thesis should provide evidence that the student can design and carry out investigations,
assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.

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Key Information

2 - 4 years part-time

Master of Surgery

Department of Surgery

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

Course on Department Website

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.

Lent 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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