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Graduate admissions in the Department of Pathology

You will need to apply online using the University’s Applicant Portal (All applicants should wait to create their application in the new Applicant Portal on or after 5th September 2016). Each application will cost you £50 (if you cannot apply online, you may apply on paper, but the fee is £100).  We strongly encourage you to make informal enquiries to your chosen supervisor(s) before you apply.

Funding

Admission requires that you secure funding to cover your fees and maintenance costs.

Should you wish to apply for a Research Council or other studentship awarded by the Department of Pathology you will need to enter a preliminary competition before submitting an application and should follow the instructions in section A below.   Please note that only citizens of the UK and EU are eligible for Research Council studentships – UK citizens are funded in full and EU citizens have only their fees paid, support for maintenance must be found elsewhere. There are several sources of funding for EU citizens and also for overseas students who will require both fees and maintenance. Additionally there are sources of funds provided by the University and other bodies that are available to Home, EU and Overseas students. Details of these can be found through the following links:

Sources of funding http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

If you intend to apply for other funding (e.g., Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships) you should proceed directly to Section B.

Potential students with personal funding should contact directly their potential supervisor(s) before following the instructions in Section B.

A: Applying for specific studentships advertised by the Department of Pathology

Examples: an MRC or Departmental studentship with a named supervisor.  

  • Refer to the advertisement for details of the studentship, eligibility criteria, deadlines and how to apply.
  • If you are successful, you will then be required to apply for admission to the University (see section B).
  • You will not be able to take up the award unless you are also successful in securing admission to the University and you will not be able to apply for a visa (if needed) until you hold an unconditional offer from the University.

B: Admission to the University

You should apply for admission to the University using the University’s Applicant Portal which can be found at http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply and includes full instructions on how to apply online.

This is required if you:

  • wish to apply for University-wide funding competitions (e.g., Gates, Cambridge Overseas & Commonwealth Trusts, Cambridge Home and EU Scholarships, etc.) – N.B. these funding competitions all have very early deadlines
    www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding
  • have been awarded a specific studentship / programme position in the Departmental competition (see Section A)
  • wish to apply for a College studentship
  • have an external scholarship (e.g., from your home country)
  • have your own funding.

Before submitting an application, please consider the following points:

B1: Are you eligible to apply for admission to our programmes

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge graduate programme is intense. Like all departments in the Graduate School, we require all our graduate entrants to have:

  • at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., cGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject
  • in some circumstances an MSc plus an Honours degree 2.2 class will be a satisfactory qualification
  • two outstanding references from senior University staff at your most recent University
  • fluency in the English language – recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University’s academic requirements see the University’s Graduate Prospectus.

B2: Which qualification do you want to apply for?

  • MPhil BLPAM1 (full-time only)
  • PhD BLPA22 (full-time or part-time)

B3: What topic do you want to study and with whom do you want to work? (MPhil by research or PhD only)

The first question requires you to choose a course – for research applicants this means specifying which department or institute in which you wish to work.

To choose a department, you need to identify a topic and one or more supervisors in that department with whom you wish to work.

If you have not already decided, you should:

  • Browse our PIs and visit their personal/group web pages to check details of their research.
  • If there is a possible vacancy, you can explore the possibility that your plans are of interest to them – get in contact with them.
  • If you are interested in more than one supervisor within THIS department, you can name them as first and second choice in your application, but if you want to apply to supervisors in different departments, you will have to make separate applications (one to each department).

C: Applying for 4-year Programmes

Examples: The Department participates in the 4-year PhD Programmes offered by the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Wellcome Trust Programme in Infection & Immunity and the Wellcome Trust/MRC Programme in Stem Cell Biology.

  • Refer to the programme for details of the studentship, eligibility criteria, deadlines and how to apply.
  • If you are successful, you will then be required to apply for admission to the University (see section B).
  • You will not be able to take up the award unless you are also successful in securing admission to the University.

D: General postgraduate admissions enquiries

For any enquiries please contact

Teaching Office
Department of Pathology
University of Cambridge
Tennis Court Road
Cambridge CB2 1QP

E-mail: gradoffice@path.cam.ac.uk
Fax: +44 (0)1223 765064