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MPhil in Medical Science (Radiology)

Course Description

The MPhil in Radiology is entirely research-based with students undertaking a project in one of the active research themes in the Department, currently: MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, PET, Imaging in Oncology, Breast Imaging and Neuroradiology. The MPhil degree is examined by research dissertation (up to a maximum of 20,000 words) and oral examination.

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. They will be working under a supervisor who will guide them through their research project.

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 additional practical skills. Students are also likely to attend external meetings and conferences.

The Department may accept one or two MPhil students each year.

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

Course detail

The MPhil course in Radiology is exclusively research-based. The research area and supervisor will be confirmed during the application process. Students will conduct their research with both University and NHS specialists in their field of study and may be co-supervised by someone on the Addenbrooke's staff.


Supervisions are usually weekly for about an hour.

Students are likely to attend research group meetings where research results are presented and discussed.

Students are expected to attend the weekly Radiology Forum lecture (Wednesdays at 5.00 p.m.).

Students may be involved in the recruitment of patients onto trials and help to monitor their progress. Depending on their training, students may also undertake some basic procedures, such as sample collection.

There may be an opportunity to participate in small group teaching if this is relevant to the student's project. More general small group teaching may be available.

The Departmental Journal Club meets during lunchtime every two weeks in term time.

Students are expected to undertake a literature review relevant to their chosen research project.

There are radiology conferences in the UK and overseas throughout the year. If a student has developed his or her research to a sufficient level to coincide with a relevant conference, then there could be the opportunity to present a poster.

The supervisor will provide feedback to the student each term. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made as well as specific comment on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University.


The MPhil is examined on a written research dissertation (up to 20,000 words) and a viva.

In addition to the research dissertation, there is an oral examination on the research project conducted by internal and external examiners appointed by the Faculty Degree Committee.


Those who wish to progress to a PhD after completing an MPhil will be required to satisfy their potential supervisor, Head of Department and the Faculty Degree Committee that they have the skills and ability to achieve the higher degree.

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

Funding Opportunities

Funding via a Departmental research grant may be available. If it is, a studentship will be advertised on the University's web-site (http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/?category=6) as well as the Department's web-site (http://radiology.medschl.cam.ac.uk/).

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

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

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. A II.i or higher Honours degree in an imaging-related subject including cellular or molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, physics, engineering or neuroscience.

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