The Department accepts a small number of MPhil students each year. Funding for Masters studies is not generally available within the Department. Applicants are encouraged to use the tools available (https://www.student-funding.cam.ac.uk) to seek alternative funding. Enquiries may be made at any time but most applications are considered during the period of November to February for projects to commence the following October. There are normally specific application deadlines (in January or February) associated with funding schemes. Intending applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual Pricincipal Investigators to discuss potential research projects and availability of funding before making a formal application. Details of the Department’s PIs can be found here.
Applicants who are provisionally accepted by the Department will be required also to make a formal application for admission to the University. Further information about this, and a Graduate Studies Prospectus, may be obtained from the University Board of Graduate Studies but there is no advantage in completing a University application form before conditional acceptance by the Department. The Graduate School of Life Sciences also provides much useful information for prospective applicants.
Each MPhil student will have a supervisor (sometimes referred to as the “primary supervisor”) and an adviser (sometimes called a “mentor” or “second supervisor”). Your supervisor guides you in the choice of research project, in defining aims and strategies, and in acquiring the skills you need for this project and to prepare you for your future career.
Your adviser will usually be a member of the academic staff outside of your research group, possibly but not necessarily in the Department of Haematology. The role of the adviser is to complement the supervisor, being available when the supervisor is absent or providing expert advice on specific areas of the research project. The adviser should be chosen by the time you arrive in the Department, and Amanda Goldsmith should be informed at that time.
You may also have a bench supervisor, a member of your research group with day-to-day responsibility for supervising the practical aspects of your project, but this is optional and it is not necessary to inform anyone.
The normal duration for a full time MPhil is one year.
Throughout your MPhil you will work on a research project. Your supervisor will submit termly reports. You will write up your project as a thesis of 20,000 words. This will be sent to two examiners, one internal to the University and one from outside. They will conduct an oral examination in Cambridge generally 1-2 months after the submission of your thesis.
If you are experiencing difficulty with any aspect of your work or outside life as a graduate student, there are several sources of support. You may wish to speak with either of your supervisors in the first instance, your college tutor, or with one of the Haematology representatives on the CIMR Local Graduate Education Committee, currently Prof Randy J Read and Dr Elisa Laurenti. Alternatively, you may wish to contact one of the University’s welfare offices, details of which can be found from
http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gateway/welfare/ and http://www.studentadvice.cam.ac.uk/.
If you have any suggestions for this document, including other aspects of graduate supervision that are not clearly explained in the material available to you, please contact Prof Randy J Read, the graduate training coordinator for the Department of Haematology.