The MPhil course is designed to produce graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are exceptionally well-equipped to go onto doctoral study, post-graduate research, or employment in industry and the public service.
The course aims to provide:
At the end of their MPhil course, students should:
The MPhil in Medical Sciences (Oncology) degree is designed for students who only have one year available to study, or who have only managed to obtain funding for one year, i.e. it is not intended to be a probationary year for a three-year PhD degree. However, it is possible to continue from the MPhil to the PhD in Oncology (Basic Science) course via the following 2 options:
If the student has time and funding for a further THREE years, AFTER completion of their MPhil they may apply to be admitted to the PhD course as a continuing student. The student would be formally examined for the MPhil and if successful, they would then continue onto the three year PhD course as a probationary PhD student, i.e. the MPhil is not counted as the first year of the PhD degree; or
If whilst studying for their MPhil degree the student finds time and funding for an additional TWO years, they can apply for permission to change their registration from the MPhil to probationary PhD; note, transfer must be approved BEFORE completion of the MPhil. If granted permission to change registration, the student will undergo a formal probationary PhD assessment (submission of a written report and an oral examination) towards the end of their first year and if successful, will then be registered for the PhD, i.e. the first year would count as the first year of the PhD degree.
Please note that continuation from the MPhil to the PhD, or changing registration is not automatic; all cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor and of resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and Degree Committee.
The MPhil course is a full time research course. Most research training is provided within the structure of the student’s research group and is overseen by their Principal Supervisor. However, informal opportunities to develop research skills also exist through mentoring by fellow students and members of staff. To enhance their research, students are expected to attend seminars and graduate courses relevant to their area of interest. Students are also encouraged to undertake transferable skills training provided by the Graduate School of Life Sciences. At the end of the course, examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation, followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.
Of the 13 Academic staff in the department, five are Clinical Lecturers, five are Clinical Academics and there are three Academics. Also, of the 18 Postdoctoral staff, we have 15 Research Associates and three Senior Research Associates.
|One to one supervision||
The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision
|Seminars & classes||
Compulsory attendance of the ‘Lectures in Cancer Biology’ seminar series for 1 hour/week during term time and any attendance of any relevant seminars, lectures and training courses as advised by their Principal Supervisor.
No formal lectures.
No set practicals. However, students are expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours/week for at least 44 weeks/year.
Students are encouraged to attend the various journal clubs available throughout the research institutes in which they are based.
Students are encouraged to present their research locally, nationally and internationally, as and when appropriate.
Opportunities to present locally are provided by the student’s institute, the Graduate School of Life Sciences, the annual EBI-Sanger-Cambridge PhD Symposium and the annual Building Bridges in Medical Sciences conference.
The student will receive the following feedback on their progress:
Examination for the MPhil degree involves submission of a written dissertation of not more than 20,000 words in length (excluding figures, tables, footnotes, appendices and bibliography), on a subject approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculties of Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. This is followed by an oral examination based on both the dissertation and a broader knowledge of the chosen area of research.
The oral examination is conducted by two Examiners, one from the University of Cambridge and one external to the University of Cambridge, neither of whom may have any direct involvement with the student or the work being examined. The dissertation should provide evidence to satisfy the Examiners that the student can design and carry out investigations, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspectives of the subject.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.