School of Clinical Medicine MRC/Sackler Prize PhD Programme
We are offering fully funded studentships available for over 40 projects across the School, starting October 2014. Further details on the projects can be found by following the links below.
The studentships cover fees and an enhanced stipend of £18,000 per year (subject to eligibility) for 3.5 years. The duration of the studentship allows for a funded period of writing up prior to thesis submission.
Students become members of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and gain access to a wide variety of training and researcher development activities and an active student and postdoc forum as well as support offered by supervisors, Departments and Colleges.
Application deadline: 10th January 2014
Interviews will be held on 5th and 6th February 2014.
Academic requirement: At least a 2.i Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent
English language requirement: See table of specific scores needed for this course
Eligibility for funding: UK students are eligible to receive a full studentship (fees and stipend); EU nationals who can demonstrate a relevant connection to the UK (by having resided in the UK for the previous 3 years ) may be eligible to receive a full studentship (fees and stipend); EU/EEA nationals who cannot demonstrate a relevant connection to the UK are eligible for a fees-only studentship, and will need to find stipend funding from other sources.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to contact prospective supervisors informally for further information about specific projects.
Applications will be accepted via the University’s online application form. Click here for a link to the online application. Course code for applications: MDSM22. Applicants must ensure that they also include the code for the project for which they wish to be considered. Applicants can be considered for up to 2 projects. Applicants who wish to be considered for more than one project should both project codes, ranked by preference.
Applicants must provide the following documents (to be uploaded with their application):
Two academic references
- Personal statement (quoting the reference codes for the project(s) for which they wish to be considered for admission
- Transcripts or degree certificates
- English language score report form (if English is not your first language)
Applicants who have previously been admitted to a graduate course by the University of Cambridge Board of Graduate Studies and became a matriculated student on that course do not need to provide transcripts, degree certificates and English language score report forms.
- Developing a nerve/electronic interface (Project SCM014)
- Does the microbiome alter the regenerative properties of adult brain stem cells? (Project SCM015)
- Mechanisms of alpha-synuclein synaptic alterations and their modifiers in Parkinson’s disease and alpha-synucleinopathies (Project SCM016)
- Novel acquisition and modeling of diffusion weighted MRI datasets (Project SCM017)
- Brain Glucokinase is a Key Central Controller of Metabolism (Project SCM018)
- miRNA-mediated programming of insulin action (Project SCM019)
- Molecular neurobiology of sleep (Project SCM020)
- The identification and characterisation of novel predisposition genes in contralateral breast cancer (Project SCM003)
- Generation of an authentic inducible Krabbe disease model to develop innovative clinical therapies (Project SCM034)
- Gene therapy for Type 1 Diabetes mellitus (Project SCM035)
- Is there a cortical area for pain in humans? (Project SCM036)
- Controlling the spatio-temporal activation of T cells with light (Project SCM037)
- Mitochondrial regulators of hypoxia inducible factor (HIF) signalling (Project SCM038)
- T cell targeting of latent cytomegalovirus infected cells: can viral latency be eliminated? (Project SCM039)
- Investigation of the role of BRAP-1/Bin2 in immunity (Project SCM040)
- Why are somatic mutations in the adrenal gland a common cause of human hypertension? (Project SCM041)
- Genetic and functional mechanisms of Primary Immunodeficiencies (Project SCM042)
- How do natural killer cells contribute to reproductive success? (Project SCM008)
- The Role of Paraoxonase 3 in development (Project SCM009)
- Investigating metabolomic, lipidomic and hormonal profiling at age 3-4 years in children exposed to differing intrauterine environments (Project SCM006)
- Investigating the effects of critical illness on the intestinal microbiome and host-bacterial interaction (Project SCM007)
- The cognitive neuroscience of psychiatric conditions (Project SCM011)
- Clinical translational research related to psychiatric conditions (Project SCM012)
- Population level research related to psychiatric conditions (Project SCM013)
- The genetic epidemiology of mammographic breast density and breast cancer (Project SCM028)
- Mobile phone apps for behaviour change (Project SCM029)
- Cancer pathways to presentation and diagnosis (Project SCM030)
- Can behaviour change interventions that by-pass behavioural control systems reduce health inequalities? (Project SCM031)
- A pilot study for a step wedge randomised trial of hepatitis C infection to assess the burden, aetiology, clinical progression and response to treatment with in sub-Saharan Africa (Project SCM032)
- Human genetics to inform drug target discovery and validation for cardiovascular disease (Project SCM033)
- Imaging brain metabolism using hyperpolarised carbon-13 labelled pyruvate and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (Project SCM002)