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Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Does the Department of Pathology offer taught courses?
Q2. Does the Department offer professional medical education?
Q3. Which degrees does the Department offer? And how do they differ?
Q4. Does the Department have any application specifics?
Q5. What about financial support?
Q6. How do I apply?
Q7. What is the difference between the advertised studentships and the research topics and supervisors?

Q1. Does the Department of Pathology offer taught courses?

No, the Department only offers research courses.

Q2. Does the Department offer professional medical education?

No, the Department only offers research courses.

Q3. Which degrees does the Department offer and how do they differ?

The Department offers the one-year MPhil, the two-year MSc and the three-year PhD. These are all research degrees and are not taught courses. Most of the applications received are for the MPhil or PhD degrees since most research studentship grants are for one or three years duration. However, some supervisors will consider taking an MSc student and it is also possible to upgrade an MSc to a PhD under certain circumstances.

Q4. Does the Department have any application specifics?

There are two routes by which applicants can apply for entry. In each case, it is necessary to find a member of the Department who would be willing to be your supervisor.

  1. The recommended route is by personal enquiry. A list of departmental research interests is available in addition to a list of possible PhD projects for next year although it must be noted that these are not funded projects and it would be necessary to obtain funding. If any of these projects are of interest to you, then you should write directly to the supervisor whose name appears at the top of the project description asking for more information about the project and also about the possibility of a studentship in his or her laboratory. For more general enquiries about the work of specific Divisions within the Department of Pathology, you could also write to the Divisional representative.
    Note that you will need to apply via the Applicant Portal described below no matter whether you do any of the above or not. However, if you have already been accepted by the Department, then this is a matter of finding you a college (if you haven't chosen one) and is really more a formality and making sure that your academic record, language skills and financial support match the University requirements.
  2. The second application route is via Graduate Admissions , 4 Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RZ, United Kingdom, . Online applications can be submitted using the Applicant Portal; Graduate Admissions will then circulate the forms to various Departments whose research interests most closely reflect those of the applicant. If a potential supervisor is interested in the applicant, he or she will contact the student directly. Detailed information about this route is provided in the Graduate Studies Prospectus, which can be obtained from BOGS at the address above. The problems with this route are that it is relatively slow and the student may not be matched with the most appropriate supervisor or project. Thus we prefer the personal enquiry route. Nevertheless, applications can be made by either or both routes.

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Q5. What about financial support?

All postgraduate degrees require financial support for the duration of the studentship. Like most British Universities, the Department of Pathology has a small number of funded studentships available, but most of those are restricted to UK applicants. In most cases, applicants from overseas must obtain financial support from elsewhere. The Graduate Studies Prospectus contains details on potential sources of financial support, and any prospective supervisor would, of course, discuss this matter with you. Some students finance their research degree from private sources, but this is very expensive. For UK and EU students, this amounts to £5,500 per annum respectively, plus living costs (an additional £9,300 per annum approximately) and for overseas students, about £14,400 per annum plus living costs.

Q6. How do I apply?

Apply online using the Applicant Portal or apply on paper.

Q7. What is the difference between the advertised studentships and the research topics and supervisors?

The studentships are funded, while the the research topics are not funded and financial support has to be obtained from elsewhere. It is important to note, that most funded studentships operate on the basis that if you are a UK national (or have lived in the UK for the last three years, not counting time spent in full-time education) you receive both the fees and the living expenses paid. If you are an EU national (or have lived in an EU country for the last three years, not counting time spent in full-time education), your get the fees paid but you have to find money for living from elsewhere. And finally if you are a non-EU student you will neither have the fees paid nor will you receive the living expenses. The studentships subject to these restrictions are usually all MCR and BBSRC studentships while the Wellcome Trust studentships usually offer full financial support to all students, no matter of nationality or location of living.