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Wellcome Trust PhD Programme for Clinicians

University of Cambridge

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Course options

  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

This programme is designed to allow clinical academics to reach their full potential and pursue a successful academic career. Up to ten scholarships are offered each year with a single round of admissions each year.

Fellowships supported either by the University or Wellcome Sanger Institute cover the broad themes of genetic medicine, infection and immunity, neuroscience and mental health, structural and cell biology applied to medicine, cardiovascular medicine, developmental biology, and epidemiology, public health and primary care. To be eligible to apply for the fellowships, you must be qualified in clinical or veterinary medicine and in a training (i.e., not Consultant or equivalent) grade. Although veterinary postgraduates are not eligible for a Sanger Institute fellowship, they can undertake research at the Sanger Institute supervised either solely or jointly by a Sanger faculty member, whilst supported by another fellowship from the programme.

The programme includes a series of lectures, workshops, and taught modules aimed at developing a personal portfolio of training. There is also the opportunity for a three month "out of programme experience" (OOPE) for individuals who do not hold academic clinical fellowships. During this time you can attend appropriate lectures, workshops, meet a range of supervisors and undertake mini-projects in laboratories in your area of interest that enable students to select a PhD supervisor and second supervisor, and to prepare a PhD research proposal in the form of a "project grant application".

Students choosing to undertake a PhD in epidemiology, public health and primary care, or requiring computational biology knowledge can undertake an MPhil before embarking on a PhD. At the start of the Programme, all students attend induction events for postgraduate students organised by the School of Clinical Medicine. They also have the opportunity to attend various transferable skills training sessions throughout the year. It is expected that students spend approximately two weeks each year on transferable skills training. The Graduate School of Life Sciences provides a large selection of both taught and online courses to choose from.

Tuition fees

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£ 32,352per 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

    4th out of 35 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    212 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    97.0 97%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%


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