This programme is designed to provide valuable experience of pre-competitive research which spans academia (the University of Cambridge) and industry (MedImmune).
The programme aims to promote innovative pre-clinical research by training independent scientists who can develop preclinical and/translatable innovations providing valuable industry experience for early career researchers. An important feature of this programme is that students will build useful academia-industry relationships and will develop and execute a coherent body of research with direct involvement in an academic and industrial biomedical research setting. Students will undertake projects which are mutually agreed by and beneficial to the University of Cambridge and MedImmune supervisors having both University of Cambridge and MedImmune project supervisors. Students will spend approximately 50% research time at the University of Cambridge and 50% research time at MedImmune.
Project proposals for this Programme will come from across many different departments and Institutes within the School of the Biological Sciences, the School of Clinical Medicine and from MedImmune based on selected relevant research themes. Students will be integrated into the research culture of the Department or Institute by joining a research group. For the first year, the students will be probationary; they will only be registered for the PhD after successfully completing an assessment exercise (report and viva) at the end of their 1st year as a PhD student. Following the submission and defence of the final body of work, the award of PhD will be made by the University of Cambridge.
By the end of the PhD programme, students will have:
There is no formal teaching component associated with this programme
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The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.
Students on this programme will spend time in MedImmune laboratories in Cambridge. The exact amount of time will be dependent on each project, with the view that students will spend approximately half of their time in University of Cambridge laboratories and half in MedImmune laboratories.
Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.
Award of the degree of PhD will be made by the University of Cambridge following examination of a submitted thesis. The maximum word length is 60,000 words. This work will be written to the standards of the University Department in which the student is enrolled and assessment will take the form of a viva voce examination.
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.