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PhD in Biological Science (MRC Toxicology Unit)

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

The mission of the MRC Toxicology Unit is to deliver field-changing mechanistic insights into toxicology and disease. This is achieved by pursuing an integrated scientific programme, using unbiased systems approaches to examine the effects of exposure to chemicals, radiation and external biological agents. Toxicology research in the Unit impacts on major areas of socioeconomic importance, namely drug development and diseases that result from exposure to both endogenous toxic agents and environmental hazards.

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. Its main aims are:

  • To give students with relevant experience the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under supervision; and
  • To give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests

In addition to receiving outstanding research training pertinent to the topic of the PhD, students will attend excellent core skills lectures provided by the University of Leicester and subsequently the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University of Cambridge

Assessment

Thesis

The PhD is assessed via a PhD thesis and a subsequent viva. The thesis is not to exceed 60,000 words (80,000 by special permission) excluding bibliography, figures, appendices, etc. Double-spaced or one-and-a-half-spaced. Single- or double-sided printing.

Applicants will therefore be undertaking at least the first 18 months of their PhD at the Unit’s current premises in Leicester. There may also be a short period of disruption during the relocation. Successful applicants will enjoy membership of a University of Cambridge College from commencement of their PhD in October 2018, but will initially have only limited access to College facilities due to the location of the Unit. In addition to receiving outstanding research training pertinent to the topic of the PhD, students will attend excellent core skills lectures provided by the University of Leicester and subsequently the Graduate School of Life Sciences and the wider University of Cambridge.

Application deadline

30 June 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 30,813per year

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

  • University League Table

    1st

  • 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%

    1st

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    7th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    n/a

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