Please note that the MPhil in Clinical Science title and course content has changed from 2017 intake. The course continues to offer taught modules, in addition to carrying out work on a research project.
Programme Director: Mark Toshner
The MPhil in Translational Research is a broad degree title covering research preparation in clinically related areas. The course is based around a translational research project but also includes a number of taught elements.
The MPhil is offered by the Faculty of Clinical Medicine, and is available both on a full-time and a part-time basis. All students undertake the same taught courses, which includes material in the areas of both Experimental Medicine and Rare Diseases. Students ‘sub-specialise’ during the course by choosing a translational research project from a pool of options, in either ‘Experimental Medicine’ or ‘Rare Diseases’.
Anyone with an interest in translational medicine or rare diseases, with a 2.i or higher degree is eligible to apply.
During the Michaelmas Term (October - December) you will attend mandatory lectures on modules including statistics, epidemiology, pharmacology, rare diseases and genetics.
During Lent Term (January-March) you will complete the exam and then start work on a research project.
During Easter Term (April-June) you will start to write up your 20,000 word thesis.
Lectures are open for attendance by non-students who may be interested in the particular subject area. A small charge of £25 per day applies.
If you are interested in attending any of the lectures, please contact CATO for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to identify a supervisor before I apply to the course?
You are welcome to contact supervisors, but it is not a necessity at the point of applying. We ask that you do indicate in your application research areas of interest.
What projects are available?
You will be given a booklet containing a list of available projects at the course induction, however we are happy to work with you to find a suitable project. By the start of the course we do expect you to have narrowed down your areas of interest so that we can do this.
Please note that we do not signpost to potential supervisors as the programme works across many disciplines, and the ability for supervisors to host a student varies from year to year. This is your chance to prove your research skills by finding out the information you need!
I would like to do the course part time, how much time commitment is required?
Part Time students are expected to attend all lectures, seminars and events, and to also undertake a research project to complete their thesis. Students are able to choose when to complete each element of the course over the two year period. For example, they may wish to attend 50% of the lectures and complete their research project during the first year, and complete the remaining lectures and write up their thesis during the second year. As long as all elements of the course are completed by the end of the two years, you have the flexibility to fit the course around any work commitments.
Please note that you must have support from your employer that they can release you to attend lectures and other course related activities. Whilst the course is flexible, it is a big time commitment which must be considered before applying.
How many lectures are scheduled during the first term?
Lectures take place over a 8 week period. The timetable is arranged around the commitments of the several lecturers who provide their time for the course, so you may find that you attend five full days of lectures one week and then two half days the next week. The timetables is finalised in August/September, and for part time students, there is an expectation that arrangements are made to attend all mandatory lectures during the two year period.
Where do students usually go after the course?
The course attracts applicants from many countries and backgrounds which determines where students go after the course. The majority of US students return back to the states to complete a MD/PhD programme or continue with their medical training; UK/EU students continue to PhD or go into research related employment, mostly with industry/pharmaceutical companies.
I have not been awarded funding, where else can i try?
The major funding competitions are extremely competitive, with the number of applications far outweighing awards. If you have applied for any of the awards (Gates, Cambridge Trust), please ensure that you consider other options so that you are able to take your place on the course.
Further details on funding can be found here.
You can also contact the college with which you have been offered a place for possible funding, please refer to their website for details, and the Cambridge Funding Search page which contains all available funding opportunities.
If you find that you do not have the funds to support you and are unable to take your place on the course, please withdraw via your self-service account on CamSIS.