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Doctor of Medicine, Ph. D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 72 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The MD Degree - on a par academically with the PhD - is aimed at medically qualified clinicians working in Cambridge who hold suitable research appointments within Cambridge University Health Partners (i.e. the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust).
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Research projects, allied to the area in which the candidate is currently employed, can be undertaken across the whole spectrum of medical science from basic biology to clinical therapies. All applicants must be employed by CUHP at the time of their application and have sufficient dedicated research time (full- or part-time) to complete the proposed research.

Applicants are asked to submit a detailed research proposal with their application. If accepted, a University supervisor will be appointed and the candidate will be expected to work on the project part-time (usually alongside their clinical commitments within the CUHP), and to submit within a maximum of six years.

 Like the PhD, the work is examined by dissertation and viva. As registered part-time students of the University, MD candidates will have access to a wide range of library and computing facilities, as well as social and pastoral resources in their Colleges.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


MD students will be allocated a University supervisor who will oversee their project and provide termly progress reports as well as regular advice and guidance.


Students receive termly progress reports from their supervisor via the online supervisor reporting system.



The MD is assessed by dissertation and viva. The requirements for the dissertation follow those for the PhD (maximum of 60,000 words).

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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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

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 72 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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