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The Department of Haematology is located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Research in the department falls into three main areas with major relevance for human disease: The Haematopoiesis and Leukaemia Group, the Structural Medicine and Thrombosis Group, and the Transfusion Medicine Group.

The haematology research groups belonging to the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute moved into a brand new purpose-built facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in early 2019. The other Haematology groups are based across the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, the NHS Cambridge Blood Centre and the Sanger Institute.

The department offers a one-year full-time MPhil programme of research under individual supervision of principal investigators based in the Department of Haematology. This course can also be taken as a part-time option for over two years. During their MPhil, the students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and a Graduate Education Committee / Graduate Student Committee. There is no taught or examined course work, but students are encouraged to attend research seminars on the Biomedical Campus and elsewhere in the University, including graduate student seminars dealing with generic skills such as intellectual property rights, writing a thesis or paper, and entrepreneurship. 

Students write a thesis, which is examined via an oral examination.

We welcome applications from graduates wanting to work towards an MPhil degree, in any of the labs belonging to the Department of Haematology. Successful applicants must meet the University's minimum academic admissions criteria, and applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in the first instance, to discuss their application and funding possibilities. A list of Haematology Principal Investigators can be found on the Department of Haematology website

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

  • to give students with relevant experience at a first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focused research in the discipline under close supervision; and
  • to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
  • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
  • demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


Continuation from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits and based on a number of factors, including evidence of progress and research potential, a sound research proposal, the availability of a suitable supervisor and of resources required for the research, and acceptance by the head of the department and the degree committee.


During their MPhil, the students are based in a research group, supported by their primary supervisor and a Graduate Education Committee / Graduate Student Committee. There is no taught or examined course work, but students are encouraged to participate in discussion courses run by the Cambridge Institute of Medical Research and the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, and attend research seminars on the Biomedical Research Campus and elsewhere in the University. This includes the University Core Skills Training Programme, which includes sessions on Time Management, Presentation and Performance and Scientific Writing.


Students receive feedback regarding their progress in the form of on-line termly reports from their supervisor.

Additional verbal feedback will be provided frequently by the project supervisor as part of the day-to-day supervision and in regular lab meetings.

Visit the MPhil in Medical Science (Haematology) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!




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