The MPhil in Biological Sciences provides students with an opportunity to undertake a period of study and research in Infection Biology and Molecular Immunology, one of the Faculty’s key research pathways. The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically illustrated how understanding the biology of infectious agents and of the host immune system is fundamental to human health and prosperity. Our knowledge of infection and immunity is increasing at a rapid rate, opening opportunities for new therapies, new vaccines, and a better understanding of disease emergence that will help safeguard human health and food security in the 21st century. The Infection Biology & Molecular Immunology MPhil is specifically targeted at providing advanced training in the experimental skills and theoretical concepts that underpin modern infection biology and molecular immunology research. The course will draw upon the breadth and international strengths in infection biology and molecular immunology within the University of Cambridge and associated research institutes; notably, the Departments of Biochemistry, Clinical Neuroscience, Genetics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pathology, Physiology Development and Neuroscience, Plant Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology, the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Biology as a full-time period of study and research and introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge in Infection Biology and Molecular Immunology. The MPhil course adopts interactive and discussion-based teaching, much of which is seminar-style where student participation and discussion are strongly encouraged. This is complemented with extensive lab-based training during a research project (up to 32 weeks + 6 weeks writing up time) with students integrated into one of the many participating research groups (selected after starting the MPhil, having been introduced to projects and groups).
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/international/international-qualifications For this programme, applicants should already have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class honours or equivalent in any subject relevant to the programme (including Biosciences, Biomedical science, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Psychology, Medicine, Statistics, Epidemiology, Agriculture, Botany, Plant or Crop Sciences, Crop Protection, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and related subjects).
Fees and funding
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