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Programme for Clinicians, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
This programme is designed to allow clinical academics to reach their full potential and pursue a successful academic career. Five scholarships are offered each year with a single round of admissions each year.

Overview

We offer 5 fellowships per year funded by the Wellcome Trust, plus an additional 2 fellowships per year funded by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, covering the broad themes of genetic medicine, infection and immunity, neuroscience and mental health, structural and cell biology applied to medicine, cardiovascular medicine, developmental biology, and epidemiology, public health and primary care.

Studentships are advertised in September-October each year for entry the following year. The programmes includes a series of lectures, workshops, and taught modules aimed at developing a personal portfolio of training. There is also the opportunity for a 3 month ‘out of programme experience’ (OOPE) for individuals who do not hold academic clinical fellowships.

 During this time you will attend appropriate lectures, workshops, meet a range of supervisors and undertake mini-projects in laboratories in your area of interest that enable students to select a PhD supervisor and second supervisor, and to prepare a PhD research proposal in the form of a ‘Project Grant Application’.

Students on the 4-year programme in epidemiology, public health and primary care, undertake an MPhil before embarking on a PhD.

Students attend a two day Introduction Course for graduate students at the start of the programme, and also attend various transferable skills training sessions throughout the year. It is expected that students spend approximately two weeks each year on transferable skills training. The Graduate School provides a large selection of both taught and online courses to choose from.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Assessment

  • Thesis
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.
  • Other
All PhD students are probationary in their first year. Towards the end of the first year, students are required to submit a report, the purpose of which is to provide evidence of their suitability for registration for a PhD. This will be assessed at an oral examination by two examiners, and the student will need to pass in order to be formally registered for the PhD.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic References
  • Transcripts
  • Research Proposal
  • Gates Cambridge References
  • Funding Letter
  • Evidence of Competence in English
  • GRE Scores
  • CV/Resumé
  • Written Work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29343 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29343 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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