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Applications to the MRC Toxicology Unit PhD programme

Applications are now open for PhDs to start in Michaelmas term (October 2023). If you are interested in applying, please follow these guidelines. First, prior to submitting your application, you must ensure that you meet all of the University of Cambridge entry requirements.

 

Submission of applications

Funded PhD projects, commencing in October 2023 (Michaelmas term):

These PhD projects are for four years and come with funding for tuition fees (at Home rate) and a maintenance stipend of at least £19,250 per annum.

Applicants must secure the support of a supervisor within a laboratory before their application will be considered.

To be eligible for full funding candidates will need to demonstrate that they have Home fee statusMore detailed information on Home fee status can be found here.

Candidates of any nationality/residency can also apply and will be considered for a fees-only (at Home rate) award. Candidates would therefore need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher tuition fee and their maintenance stipend. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page. Note that candidates that need to secure additional funding should are subjected to earlier deadlines for their funding applications.

Application process:

  1. Read and research the description of the funded projects below.
  2. Download and complete our informal application form, paying attention to the guidelines in red.
  3. Email the completed form to the potential supervisor(s), stating your intention to apply for a PhD.
  4. The potential supervisor will review your email and, if appropriate, they will contact you for an informal discussion.
  5. Following the initial discussion, the potential supervisor(s) will advise you whether to make a formal application through the Applicant Portal. The course is listed in the Application Portal as "Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit) PhD". The closing date for formal applications is 16th May 2023. However, please adhere to the closing date for the project you are applying to. It is recommended that you take time to check the application requirements including the documentation you will need to upload.
  6. The department will review your application and you will be invited to attend interview, if shortlisted.
  7. If your application is successful, a conditional offer is communicated by email and the self-service account.

 

Current funded projects:

Title: Direct identification of the antigenic triggers for immunotoxic T lymphocytes

Supervisors: Dr James Thaventhiran

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Developing novel single-cell sequencing methods for identification of immunotoxic B lymphocytes

Supervisors: Dr James Thaventhiran

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Exploring the Molecular Architecture of FADD:Caspase-8 Signalling Platforms and how this determines cell life/death decision

Supervisors: Dr Marion MacFarlane

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Mitochondrial Toxicity in Idiosyncratic Drug-induced Liver Injury (iDILI): defining contribution and mechanisms in monocyte-derived hepatocyte-like (MH) cells from iDILI patients for safer drug development

Supervisors: Dr Marion MacFarlane

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Regulation of human tRNA metabolism during stress and diseases

Supervisors: Dr Ritwick Sawarkar

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Systems Biology of cellular response to environmental chemicals

Supervisors: Dr Ritwick Sawarkar

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Title: Impact of microbiome metabolism on drug-induced toxicity

Supervisors: Dr Kiran Patil and Dr Sarah Aitken

Closing date: 31st March 2023 or once a suitable candidate is found. Early applications are recommended.

Further information on this project can be found on FindaPhD.com.

 

Self-Funded PhD students only:

These projects do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

  1. Begin by checking that the supervisor you want to approach is accepting research students by searching his / her name in the Research Teams database of the Post Graduate School of Life Sciences.
  2. Download and complete our informal application form, paying attention to the guidelines in red.
  3. Email the completed form to the potential supervisor, stating your intention to apply for a PhD.
  4. The potential supervisor will review your email, they may also contact you for an informal discussion.
  5. Following the initial discussion, the potential supervisor will advise you whether to make a formal application through the Applicant Portal. The course is listed in the Application Portal as "Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit) PhD". The closing date for self-funded applications is 16th May 2022 and it is recommended that you take time to check the application requirements including the documentation you will need to upload.
  6. The department will review your application and you will be invited to attend interview if shortlisted.
  7. If your application is successful, a conditional offer is communicated by email and the self-service account.

 

Additional information

  1. Funding opportunities for postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge.
  2. The postgraduate application portal.
  3. How to apply for a PG course at University of Cambridge on YouTube.
  4. How to submit your references on YouTube.
  5. Self service guide for offer holders on YouTube.