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Postgraduate Study

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

All prospective students are advised to identify a potential supervisor, whose research interests align with their own, before making an application via the Portal.

General applications with no suitable or prospective supervisor are unlikely to be supported.  Please check that the supervisor you want to work with is currently based in the Department and taking students.

Please see the section below on ‘Finding a Supervisor’ for advice on how to do so. 

Offers made of places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

Selection Process

All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). Applicants should expect to hear whether they have been successful within six weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents.

Please be aware that University or external funding schemes may specify a particular application deadline, earlier than the Department's deadline. You will need to meet this to be considered for those funding opportunities. 

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Proposed Supervisor
    For more information on finding a Supervisor, see below.
  • Project title (M)
  • Research proposal (M)
    The department asks applicants to contact potential supervisors prior to applying to work out a research topic, funding strategies and other relevant details for their application.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

Applicants, including self-funded individuals, are required to discuss their application with a potential supervisor (principal investigator) in order to establish a research project and a funding source prior to submitting an online application. More information about our research themes is available here.

When contacting a potential supervisor, please provide a CV and a brief (500-1000 words) research proposal.

If you do not receive a response within 10 working days, the Postgraduate Administration team will be happy to help – you can contact us via the Department Query button on the right-hand side of this page or at clusterPG@medschl.cam.ac.uk

If your online application does not contain a named proposed supervisor, we will contact you for further information. Until your proposed supervisor is confirmed, we will not be able to further process your application. 

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Surgery

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2023
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Jan. 16, 2024
Course Starts
April 17, 2024

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

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Oct. 2, 2024
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2025

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

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Jan. 15, 2025
Course Starts
April 17, 2025

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
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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