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MPhil in Biological Science (Genetics)

Course Description

Modern genetics has today evolved beyond its traditional boundaries to become a fundamental part of biology and medicine. The Department reflects this pervasiveness, with research interests encompassing several high impact themes, including functional genomics and systems biology, developmental genetics, epigenetic Inheritance, evolution and population genetics, microbial genetics, and cell biology. The Department of Genetics hosts between 50 and 65 postgraduate students across 25 research groups, researching a wide range of biological problems, from population genetics and ecology, to the detailed analysis of genome sequence. The Department is based in a historic building on the Downing Site but has research groups located in the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge Systems Biology Centre and Sainsbury Labs as well as an impressive range of local, national and international collaborations.

MPhil students in the Department will undertake a 1-year project under the supervision of one of our Group Leaders, where they will develop an original research question and address this through laboratory or computer based research. They will receive training in appropriate research methods and in literature research skills to prepare them for writing an MPhil thesis within the year.

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

Course detail

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.


- Supervision meetings once every one or two weeks.

- Weekly Departmental seminars.

- Annual Research In Genetics day with poster sessions


Thesis required of not more than 20,000 words in length, excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography. The examination will include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.


Candidates wishing to progress to the PhD degree after successful completion of an MPhil will be considered by the Departmental Graduate Education Committee on a case by case basis. Candidates will be expected to have identified a suitable research group to host the PhD research and identify an appropriate source of funding.

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 (Genetics) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lorena Garcia Perez

What I like the most about the MPhil in Genetics is that it has given me the opportunity to enjoy conducting my own research, without the additional pressure of attending mandatory lectures. In exchange, I have had enough time to sign up for training courses in bioinformatics, and to attend as many talks and seminars as I wished. The department has a friendly atmosphere and after the refurbishment it is looking great! Next year I will move to London to start a PhD in developmental biology and genetics.


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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