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Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Institute of Metabolic Science

4 studentships available, starting October 2017

Application deadline: 1st January 2017

Interviews: week beginning 23rd Jan 2017

The incidence of obesity, diabetes and related cardiovascular disorders is rising worldwide, making improved understanding of these common disorders increasingly important.

Metabolic and cardiovascular diseases are remarkably diverse research areas that cross many of the traditional departmental and subject boundaries.

We aim to train the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills to make real advances in understanding the molecular mechanisms of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. The Programme achieves this by bringing together the skills and expertise of around 40 internationally recognised scientists from Institutes and Departments across Cambridge, providing our students with an exciting range of training opportunities in these disease areas.

The programme is based at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS), an internationally leading research institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It offers training in a wide range of topics and techniques from investigators who exploit the power of modern molecular and cellular biology, and integrate these approaches with sophisticated whole organism physiology, clinical and epidemiological science. This diversity allows students to undertake a PhD in a scientifically excellent environment, with excellent training opportunities tailored to their individual interests.

Particular strengths include genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, systems biology, epigenetics, imaging, behavioural science, epidemiology and vascular biology.

During the first year you will

    • develop first-hand research experience through three mini-research projects in different laboratories
    • attend weekly ‘hot topics’ and training courses led by research leaders
    • towards the end of the 1st year work is submitted for an MRes degree and students make an informed choice of PhD research project for years 2-4

Support includes stipend starting at £19,919 and fees at either home/EU or overseas rates

For full details of the programme, including how to apply, see:


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.