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MPhil in Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit)

Course Description


The aims of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit are to study the biology of the mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell. There is a growing realisation that the dysfunction of various aspects of mitochondrial biology are connected to major neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and that as the major source of reactive oxygen species, the mitochondrion is likely also to be involved in ageing. Therefore, the Unit is developing its interests in the cell biology of mitochondria and is linking its activities to clinical science.

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

Learning Outcomes

For students wishing to continue on to the PhD, the MPhil provides a good foundation. For students not wishing to continue, the MPhil provides specialist training in scientific methodology relevant to the project subject area and based on the expertise of the supervisor and research group.


MPhil is by research. The MBU has a programme of seminars and lectures delivered by visiting speakers and members of the Unit. Journal classes are Journal Clubs, organised by the Unit's graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

- Feedback
Feedback is given both formally and informally on a regular basis by the supervisor and/or adviser. Regular reports are provided by the supervisor via the University's online reporting system.


- Thesis
MPhil (research): Examination is by thesis.
The scheme of examination for the one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study in Biological Science for the degree of Master of Philosophy shall consist of a thesis, of not more than 20,000 words in length, exclusive of tables, footnotes, bibliography, and appendices, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Biology. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls. The thesis shall provide evidence to satisfy the Examiners that a candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

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

Find out how to apply here http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blmbmpbsc/apply

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

Visit the MPhil in Biological Science (MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree. Find University Minimum Academic Requirements here View Website

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