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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The Department of Radiology usually admits three to five graduate students each year to study for a PhD. Students will join one of the department's active research themes, which are currently MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, PET, Imaging in Oncology, Breast Imaging and Neuroradiology.

The University Department of Radiology is fully integrated into Addenbrooke's Hospital and students will work with both University and NHS specialists in their research area. Being able to work well as part of a team is essential, but students must also be self-motivated and have the initiative to pursue their research independently, albeit under the guidance of their supervisor.

In addition to the research training provided within the department, as part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences students will have access to several other courses to widen their experience and to enable them to acquire or develop technical and practical skills. Students are also likely to attend external meetings and conferences, and when their research is sufficiently developed they could be submitting research posters. In exceptional circumstances, a short verbal presentation may be possible, most likely supporting the supervisor.

Students are expected to attend the weekly Radiology Forum lectures which cover all imaging topics and actively participate in the department's Research Seminars. There are also many opportunities for students to attend other lectures and seminars in the department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, elsewhere in the clinical school and further afield in the University.

Depending on the nature of their research, students may be participating in the recruitment of patients onto trials and closely monitoring their progress. If they have the required training, students may also undertake basic procedures, such as taking samples. Interaction with patients will require either an honorary contract or research passport from the NHS Trust.

Students will be supervised by an academic in the University Department of Radiology, and may also be co-supervised by a specialist (such as a medical physicist) in the NHS.

Application deadline

30 June 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 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

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  • Campus address

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

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    7th out of 35 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    217 89%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%



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