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Course summary

This is a research-based course. Students receive training in scientific laboratory skills and methods appropriate to the PhD project. Students undertake a specific research project of three to four years' duration and submit a thesis which is examined for the PhD. In principle, the research project can be in any area of interest to principal investigators based in the IMS-MRL. View the Principal Investigators page on the IMS-MRL website for details. Between them, groups encompass skills in genetics, cell biology, cell signalling, neuroendocrinology, bioenergetics, human and animal physiology, as well as experimental medicine and clinical trials. Postgraduate students at the IMS-MRL are expected to attend regular weekly Hot Topics and Technical sessions, seminars by local, national and international speakers and are encouraged to attend appropriate training courses provided by the University Postgraduate School of Life Sciences to widen their experience further. Our students receive expert training in state-of-the-art technologies, through our core research facilities and also have diverse opportunities to communicate their research findings and develop collaborative networks at, for example, the IMS-MRL research retreat and the Cambridge Metabolic Network . Students also arrange a student symposium each year, which gives valuable experience in all aspects of organising a scientific meeting, including managing budgets, arranging catering, scheduling the day and marketing the event. Students wishing to apply for a PhD in Clinical Biochemistry at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research (CIMR), should investigate opportunities via the Study at CIMR page on the CIMR website.

Assessment method

Research project.


Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or overseas equivalent; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate competence in English (IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each element; or other acceptable test).


Fees and funding

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Clinical Biochemistry at University of Cambridge - UCAS