M.Phil. On Campus

Medical Science (Medical Genetics)

University of Cambridge

12 months
33972 GBP/year
9111 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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 This is not a taught Medical Science (Medical Genetics) course. Applicants at the University of Cambridge are typically science postgraduates or clinically qualified doctors undertaking scientific training. Research is predominantly in the areas of cancer genetics and the genetics of rare disease and developmental disorders. 


The aim is to understand the cell biology of disease mechanisms using a wide range of disciplines including biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, bioinformatics and biostatistics. Specific research training relevant to your own project is provided in the laboratory in which you work. Further training is provided within the Addenbrooke's campus and elsewhere in the University, and includes postgraduate workshops on research techniques, research seminars, and postgraduate student education seminars on generic subjects such as intellectual property rights, statistics, bioinformatics, communication skills, writing a thesis or paper and entrepreneurship.The course's main aims are:

  • to give students with relevant experience at 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 Medical Science (Medical Genetics) programme at the University of Cambridge, 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.

Programme Structure

  • The MPhil course in Medical Science (Medical Genetics) 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.
  • Students should expect to receive regular supervision from their principal supervisor, and to attend regular laboratory meetings, both on a weekly basis.
  • Students are expected to spend the majority of their study time pursuing basic or clinical research in the laboratories and in the Department.  Students undertaking clinical research projects 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree.
  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Proposed Supervisor (M)
  • Project title (M)
  • Research Proposal (M)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33972 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33972 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9111 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9111 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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