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Good research practice

Code of Practice

The University's guideline on good research practice and the reasonable expectations of:

  • students
  • the staff who teach them
  • the University generally

for graduate research degrees and certificates of postgraduate studies is detailed in the Code of Practice. Any departures from the Code by any party require evidence of good reason.

Although it is a large document, it is worth reading and contains a lot of very useful information that can help you during your studies.



It is your responsibility to ensure that you are working within the ethical guidelines the affect your research. These range from recommendations right through the Acts of Parliament that issue laws on what you can and cannot do.

The University has a website on Ethics in Research


Intellectual Property

It is essential that you have a grasp of the issues of intellectual property that affect your research. This is especially important if you are working:

  • in collaboration
  • with industry
  • on a project that may have commercial potential

A broad introduction to IP in academia can be found in a Report to the Strategy Advisory Board for Intellectual Property Policy (SABIP).


The University's website on IP is at:

And the University's specific guidelines  on IP are also detailed.


Falsification and Plagiarism

Details on these topics can be found on a separate website by clicking on the title above.


Further Information

Further resources on can be found on the University's pages on good research practice.


Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences


We are the largest centre for research and professionial training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a unique experience to a community of around 2000 postgraduate students spread across departments within the School of the Biological Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and eleven University Partner Institutes in the Cambridge area.

Every year some of the world's brightest and most determined students are attracted by the opportunity to carry out research projects with renowned scientists in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world's most respected research-led universities.

The School co-ordinates funding opportunities within the Life Sciences for their postgraduate education, as well as ensuring students receive the highest quality supervision and training.