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Medical Science (CRUKCI), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (WUR) ,
Applications are co-ordinated by the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CRUK CI). On starting a course of study leading towards a PhD, you will not at first be registered for the degree, and this registration is dependent on the successful completion of a first year report and an oral examination. 

About

The word limit for the PhD thesis is 60,000 and you will be examined orally on your thesis and on your related wider field of knowledge. Each student is assigned a principal supervisor and also an adviser who acts as a mentor and provides support. In addition, Dr Ann Kaminski (Head of Scientific Administration) acts as the first point of contact for any student with a query or difficulty that is not directly related to their scientific work. The students are provided with information which clearly sets out what is expected of them during their period of research in order to obtain their degree. All student matters in the Institute are overseen by the Studentships and Fellowships Committee and the wider engaging Cancer Biology Graduate Education Committee, both of which have the well-being of our students at heart.

All students are encouraged to attend lectures of interest both in the Institute and in the wider University. They are also expected to participate in journal clubs and lab meetings and to take advantage of the numerous and varied opportunities including transferable skills training offered by both the Institute and the University. Students are encouraged to attend scientific meetings relevant to their course of study. All students in the Institute are members of the student-run graduate society which organises regular scientific and social events.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3-4 years full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      5-7 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Thesis

The student is expected to submit a thesis, of fewer than 60,000 words, within four years of commencing study. Post-submission, the student will be examined orally by two examiners on the content of the thesis and on the wider research area.

  • Other

The student is expected to give a brief presentation (15–20 minutes) to the Institute within four months of commencing study. This allows the student to introduce themselves to all colleagues in the Institute and to engage them in their research project.

In addition, every student is expected to submit a first-year report within nine months of commencing study. The student is then examined orally on the content of the report and on their understanding of the wider research field and their future research plans. Subject to a satisfactory examination, the student is then fully registered for PhD study.

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

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