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MPhil in Translational Biomedical Research

University of Cambridge

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    10 months

Course summary

The main aims of the course are:

  • to give students exposure to the breadth of translational research and develop an area of research interest
  • to generate a hypothesis and apply contemporary research tools to answer important clinical research questions
  • to inspire students to become the next generation of future leaders in translational research

Learning Outcomes

The main objective is to provide an introduction to, and training in, a methodology for graduates pursuing a career in biomedical research. The course is specifically aimed at students who wish to apply basic science to medical practice. By the end of the programme students will have:

  • learned how to conduct and interpret translational research
  • developed an understanding of statistics
  • developed a strong foundation in the fundamental skills and techniques of research into experimental medicine
  • learned how to adapt to the changing research environment
  • acquired practical experience of the application of research theory and teaching
  • developed the ability to be competitive in seeking support for clinical research



A thesis not exceeding 20,000 words in length, including footnotes but excluding tables, appendices, and bibliography, on a subject approved by the degree committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, will be required.

Written examination

Students will complete two written assessments:

  • Critical Appraisal paper – students to review a published research paper, selected from a list provided by the course, and provide a 1000-word report.
  • Project Outline paper – students to complete a written report of up to 1500 words, excluding references, on a project selected from a list provided by the course. An oral examination will also be held.

Application deadline

30 April 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 35,814overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

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  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 103

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    228 100%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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