The Department of Radiology usually admits three to five graduate students each year to study for a PhD. Students will join one of the Department's active research themes, currently : MRI, Hyperpolarised MRI, PET, Imaging in Oncology, Breast Imaging and Neuroradiology.
The University Department of Radiology is fully integrated into Addenbrooke's Hospital and students will work with both University and NHS specialists in their research area. Being able to work well as part of a team is essential, but students must also be self-motivated and have the initiative to pursue their research independently, albeit under the guidance of their supervisor.
In addition to the research training provided within the Department, as part of the Graduate School of Life Sciences students will have access to several other courses to widen their experience and to enable them to acquire or develop technical and practical skills. Students are also likely to attend external meetings and conferences, and when their research is sufficiently developed they could be submitting research posters. In exceptional circumstances, a short verbal presentation may be possible, most likely supporting the supervisor.
Students are expected to attend the weekly Radiology Forum lectures which cover all imaging topics, and actively participate in the Department's fortnightly Journal Club. There are also many opportunities for students to attend lectures and seminars in the Department, Addenbrooke's Hospital, elsewhere in the Clinical School and further afield in the University.
Depending on the nature of their research, students may be participating in the recruitment of patients onto trials and closely monitoring their progress. If they have the required training, students may also undertake basic procedures, such as taking samples. Interaction with patients will require either an Honorary Contract or Research Passport from the NHS Trust.
Students will be supervised by an academic in the University Department of Radiology, and may also be co-supervised by a specialist (such as a medical physicist) in the NHS.
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The number of regular one-on-one meetings with your supervisor varies considerably between students and throughout the course study. Normally, it is expected that you see your supervisor at least twice a term to review your progress. At the start of your course you should agree with your supervisor how often you meet, who initiates meetings and how you are expected to prepare. However, group research is common at the department and a Supervisor, his/her students and post-doctoral researchers will frequently work alongside each other on a daily basis.
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Students are likely to attend research group meetings where research results are presented and discussed
Students are expected to attend the weekly Radiology Forum lecture.
Students 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.
The Departmental Journal Club meets during lunchtime every two weeks in term time.
There are radiology conferences in the UK and overseas throughout the year. If a student has developed his or her research to a sufficient level to coincide with a relevant conference, then there could be the opportunity to present a poster.
If a student has sponsorship from an external funder it is possible that he or she will spend time at one of the funder's R&D facilities.
The supervisor will provide written feedback to the student each term, with progress reports submitted online. The feedback will relate to the progress the student has made as well as specific comment on their research project. This will be discussed with the student in advance of the submission of the report to the University.
The student must submit a thesis, of less than 60,000 words, within 4 years of commencing study. After submission, the student will be examined orally by two examiners on the content of the thesis and on the wider research area.
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.
The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.
An application is only complete when:
If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.
Before submitting a formal application to the University, students are encouraged to submit a general inquiry form directly to the Department. If a preferred supervisor is named, he or she can respond directly and, if the research proposal looks promising, arrange an interview and visit to the Department. If the student has not identified a specific supervisor, the general inquiry will enable the academics in the Department to assess the proposal to see if it has the potential to be taken further.
Note: Offers made of places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.
Applications are considered as they are received through the year.