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Graduate School of Life Sciences

An inspiring educational experience in a unique environment

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The Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) looks after the educational and career needs of graduate students and early career researchers (postdocs) in the Faculties of Biology, Clinical Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and affiliated Partner Institutions. The Graduate School encompasses 26 internal Departments, Centres and Institutes and 14 external University Partner Institutions and has around 1800 Masters and PhD students.

Our main activities relate to funding, skills development and training, and policy initiatives. Our students and postdocs play an active role in GSLS activities through the GRASP forum.

We advertise internal and external events on this website and produce a regular newsletter highlighting key training activities. 

Information for prospective students can be found here.

Information for current students can be found here.


Key Contacts:

Administrator: Cathy Butler

Email:     Tel 01223 766897

Researcher Developer (Life Sciences):  Dr Ben Murton

Email:     Tel 01223 766240

Post Doc Careers Advisor:  Dr Anne Forde

Email:  Tel 01223 765771

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.