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Applications to the MRC Toxicology Unit PhD programme

Applications are now open for PhDs to start in Lent term (January 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.

Important deadlines

Official start date Deadline
January 2023 (Lent)  4th October 2022
October 2023 (Michaelmas) 16th May 2023

Submission of applications

Funded PhD projects, commencing in January 2023 (Lent term):

These PhD projects are for four years and come with funding for tuition fees (at Home rate) and a maintenance stipend of £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 status. See here for more detailed information.

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.

Application process:

  1. Read and research the description of the funded projects below.
  2. Download and complete our informal application form (here), 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, here. The course is listed in the Application Portal as "Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit) PhD".The closing date for formal applications is 4th October 2022 and it is recommended that you take time to check the application requirements including the documentation you will need to upload here.
  6. The department will review your aplication 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.

 

 

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 seaching his / her name in the Research Teams database of the Post Graduate School of Life Sciences, here.
  2. Download and complete our informal application form (here), 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, here. 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 here.
  6. The department will review your aplication 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 can be found here.
  2. The link to the postgraduate application portal can be found here.
  3. How to apply for a PG course at University of Cambridge, on YouTube, here.
  4. How to submit your references, on YouTube, here.
  5. Self service guide for offer holders, on YouTube, here.