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The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute very occasionally takes on MPhil students providing they have their own fellowship funding. Before applying for this course, applicants must have the support of a Faculty member at the Institute. For information on our Faculty members’ research interests, please see http://www.sanger.ac.uk/research/faculty/.

This is a one-year full-time research MPhil. Assessment is by submission of a thesis and an oral examination. Students start in October, with submission of the thesis by the end of August.

The MPhil aims to provide research opportunities in the field of genomic science that reflect the unique nature of Sanger Institute science, with an emphasis on large scale, high-throughput approaches and the development of a blend of wet lab and computational skills. The Institute also aims to provide students with general research and transferable skills training in addition to training in their specific research area.

Applicants will generally have a bioscience background, but applicants with a computational or mathematical background can also apply.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blsimpbsc

Course detail

By the end of the MPhil, students will be expected to have acquired a detailed understanding of the relevant areas of genomics that underlie their research project, and written a thesis on their work (of not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography). They will also be expected to have attended courses/lectures on general research and transferable skills, covering subjects such as bioinformatics, statistics, ethics, scientific writing, presentation skills, public engagement and science communication, together with the Institute’s Graduate Student Lecture Series and student journal club.

Format

Students are supervised by their Faculty member and postdoctoral scientists within the team. Discussions are provided on a daily basis at the bench and weekly during lab meetings and journal clubs.

Students are supervised by their Faculty member and postdoctoral scientists within the team on a daily/weekly basis.

There is an active weekly seminar programme on site and students can also attend seminars held in Cambridge. Students are able to attend a number of training courses in transferable and general research skills.

Students are expected to attend the Institute's Graduate Student Lecture series which comprises approximately 40 x 45 minutes lectures by the Institute's faculty members, held between October and January.

Students are expected to attend the fortnightly Students' Journal Club. Students are also expected to participate in the programme of journal clubs held within their own research area.

Students are expected to present their work at the research talks and laboratory meetings held within their own research area. Students may also have opportunities to present their work at national/international scientific meetings.

The supervisor on average will meet with the student on a one-to-one basis every two weeks to discuss progress with the student.

Assessment

Assessment is by submission of a thesis (of not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography) by the end of the eleventh month. The assessment also includes an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Continuing

Students who want to continue to a PhD would have to apply through the usual Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute PhD application process.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Biological Science (Sanger Institute) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

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