Training graduate students for a scientific career is a priority at the IMS-MRL and we think it’s a great place to do a PhD or MPhil by research. The IMS comprises around 24 research groups at any one time and includes around 40 students. We have a mixture of both basic science students and clinical trainees and aim to provide everyone with a supportive, stimulating research and learning environment.
Enquiries are welcome at any time, but most applications are considered during the period November to February for projects to commence the following October.
Before making a formal application to the University, intending applicants should contact individual investigators (research interests and contact details here), to discuss potential projects and garner support for funding applications.
How to apply
If you would like to study for a 3-year PhD or an MPhil at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science-Metabolic Research Laboratories, please contact PIs whose work interests you to elicit support for your application before applying formally to the University using the links below. Applications not supported by an MRL PI will not be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: USA citizens, resident in the USA, who wish to be considered for Gates funding must have completed their application by 14th October 2020 to be considered for funding to start in October 2021. Non-USA applicants who wish to be considered for Gates, Cambridge Trust and other centralised sources of funding must have submitted their application by 7th January 2021 in order to be considered for funding for entry in Oct 2021. Further information is available on the funding page of the Graduate Admissions website: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding
Other funding opportunities:
Cambridge ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2021: Early-life and intergenerational effects on later-life outcomes over the long-term. Co-supervised by Dr Alice Reid (The Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, Department of Geography) and Professor Susan Ozanne (Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Metabolic Research Laboratories. Closing date 7 January 2021. Applications for this studentship should be made to the Department of Geography Graduate Admissions Portal.
Many of our PIs also have close links with other PhD programmes at the University, including
We encourage eligible students to apply to the MRC dtp as well as submitting a Departmental application to study with an investigator based at the IMS-MRL to maximise the opportunities of obtaining studentship funding.
Please note: The University application fee allows you to apply to up to three different programmes/courses as long as they each have the same starting date. The fee is automatically waived in your 2nd and 3rd applications.