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Graduate School of Life Sciences

An inspiring educational experience in a unique environment

Studying at Cambridge


Prospective Students

The Graduate School of Life Sciences provides a range of different degree programmes across subjects in biology, medical sciences and veterinary science.  All students have the opportunity to enhance their degree training in both subject specific knowledge and transferable skills such as project management, team working, writing, presentation, and entrepreneurship skills.  Further information on these opportunities can be found on our Skills Development site.


Further information on the types of degrees offered in the Graduate School can be found here. Further information on the Departments and Institutions can be found here


Research Degrees

Most Departments, Centres, Institutes and Institutions offer what is known as the conventional three- or four-year UK PhD which involves students undertaking a supervised research project and writing a dissertation.

We also offer a number of four-year (1+3 MRes + PhD) Programmes, which involve a first year of taught modules and short lab rotations (leading to a masters degree) followed by a three-year PhD, as well as a 1-year Research MPhil programme

A number of the programmes we offer are “cross-Departmental” in that they do not sit only within one Department. This includes the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership programme. Further information on these programmes can be found here.

Entry to any of the research degrees depends on the availability of supervisors; you should therefore contact your proposed supervisor prior to submitting an application. You can search for details of supervisors in a given theme on our research database which can be found here. Further details on how to apply can be found here.


Training for Clinicians

We offer a programme of academic development for clinicians based in the Cambridge area through our Clinical Academic Training programme as well as a Doctor of Medicine (MD degree).


Taught Programmes

We offer a number of taught programmes leading to the award of MPhil.  These are available in Public Health, Epidemiology, Primary Care Research, Social and Developmental Psychology and Translational Medicine and Therapeutics.  Further details can be found here







Welcome to the Graduate School of Life Sciences

We are the largest centre for research and professional training in the Life Sciences in the UK, offering a very special experience to a community of around 2000 graduate students 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.