WHO CAN APPLY?
We consider applications from eligible home and overseas students who already have or expect to obtain AT LEAST an upper second class honours or equivalent in any subject relevant to the programme, including, for example, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Population Sciences and related subjects. Medically qualified candidates are not eligible for this PhD programme.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
There is a single round of admissions each year (see the programme page for the deadline). We are unable to consider applications at other times of the year.
HOW MANY PLACES ARE THERE ON THE PROGRAMME, and ARE OTHER PhDs AVAILABLE?
Up to five places are available each year on the Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease.
If you wish to apply for an a 3-year PhD project in the Metabolic Research Labs, please contact potential PhD supervisors directly.
WHAT FUNDING DOES THE PROGRAMME PROVIDE TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS?
The programme provides a very generous living allowance (£19,919 p.a. in year 1, rising in annual increments to £23,997 in year 4), which is considerably higher than the University’s estimated maintenance costs. Awards also include full University fees* for students, generous research consumables costs and travel and training allowances.
*Wellcome provide funding at the UK/EU rate, and the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust supplement funding for successful international candidates to cover the difference between UK/EU and overseas fees.
WHERE DO THE CAMBRIDGE COLLEGES FIT IN?
To study for any degree at Cambridge University you must be a member of one of the Cambridge Colleges. You apply for admission to a College at the same time as making a formal application to the University through the Applicant Portal. Colleges provide a variety of academic and social opportunities for graduate students, not least (in many cases) accommodation. Learn more about the role of Cambridge Colleges.
WHEN WILL INTERVIEWS BE HELD?
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email in January. Home/EU candidates will be asked to come to visit the institute for interview. Overseas candidates may be interviewed by Skype.
CAN I EXPECT FEEDBACK ON MY APPLICATION?
Given the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to requests for feedback on applications.
ARE OTHER PhDs AVAILABLE?
If you would like to study for a 3 year PhD at the Metabolic Research Laboratories, please contact PIs whos work interests you to elicit support for your application. Applications not supported by an MRL PI will not be considered.
Overseas applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships to cover stipend and fees for a 3-year PhD must submit an application using the University’s online Applicant Portal by the relevant deadline (see links below), as well as contacting individual supervisors. These scholarship schemes are highly competitive, with many more applicants than awards, and we cannot guarantee that any application will be successful.
For a definition of ‘overseas’ as applied to fee status and for instructions on how to apply, contact graduate admissions.
WHAT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?
Contact Dr Maria Adams (email@example.com) with questions about the PhD Programme itself, and the Board of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal.