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MPhil in Biological Science (Pathology)

Course Description

The MPhil in Pathology is a full-time one-year research programme and is assessed by a written dissertation and an oral examination. Students will undertake a research project in an area of their choice in discussion with their selected supervisor. In addition to the research training provided by the Department, the Graduate School of Life Sciences offers students access to courses to widen their experience and to enable them to acquire generic skills. All students attend induction and safety training courses in the Department.

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

Course detail

Competency in planning and executing biological research. A successful student gains a pass and there are no grades. There is no examined coursework. It is suited to those who wish to pursue research at a level beyond that of an under-graduate degree and will give a good basic training in laboratory work.


The MPhil is a one-year full-time research programme and students are integrated into the research culture of the Department by joining a research group. Most research training is provided within the group structure and overseen by their research supervisor. Students are expected to attend the Department's research seminars and also graduate courses and skills training offered by the Graduate School of Life Sciences relevant to their training. All students are allocated a mentor.


The word limit for the MPhil dissertation is 20,000 words. Two copies of your soft-bound MPhil dissertation must be submitted to the Degree Committee Office. This must be accompanied by a 'certificate of submission' form which is a signed declaration of word length, title and contact details. A viva is carried out.


Those wishing to progress to a PhD after completing an MPhil will be required to pass the masters degree at a sufficient level to satisfy the Departmental Graduate Education 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

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 (Pathology) 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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