MRC Biostatistics Unit PhD Programme Application Procedure
The BSU seeks to recruit outstanding students with strong research potential, as based on their academic records, previous research experience, references and interview assessment.
On average we receive about 40 applications per year, and approximately 12-15 students are invited for interview.
Usually our recruitment takes place in Autumn with a closing date in early January. However, we do sometimes re-advertise in the Spring to fill unallocated places.
The same entrance criteria are applied to all students, whether they are applying for MRC Studentships, funded scholarships from the University of Cambridge or have their own external funding, thus ensuring that the excellent standard of PhD students is maintained.
To apply for a PhD at BSU, please follow the below instructions
Your first step to apply for a PhD at the MRC Biostatistics Unit is to ensure that you meet all of the University of Cambridge and MRC Biostatistics Unit entry requirements (below).
All students applying to the MRC BSU PhD programme must have or expect to get a first or high 2.1 honours degree in mathematics, statistics or a related discipline. For qualifications from non-UK based institutions, we apply international equivalencies as approved by the University of Cambridge. A Masters degree is also considered essential for a PhD in Biostatistics.
RCUK eligibility rules apply (https://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/ ) and as such priority will be given to UK applicants.
RCUK funded studentships normally cover
- UK candidates- Full studentship – fees, stipend and a research training grant.
- EU candidates – Fees only studentship – fees and a training grant only.
- Non-EU candidates- not eligible for any funding from RCUK.
However, in exceptional circumstances, one full studentship maybe offered to an outstanding non-UK candidate at the University of Cambridge Home/EU rate only. Funds to cover any additional cost of overseas fees are expected to be found by the applicant.
We are currently recruiting for 4 BSU studentships and 1 EPSRC iCASE studentship- the projects currently on offer are listed on our PhD opportunities page.
Projects will remain open until the studentships are filled but priority will be given to applications received by the 4th January 2018.
Applications should be made via the University GRADSAF http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/
Applying to the University costs £50 for an online applications- all application information needs to be uploaded to the GRADSAF website before the deadline
You will need to know the following information when completing the GRADSAF:
- Course description: Biostatistics
- Which of the advertised projects you would like to apply for (please add these details to the proejct desctription section of the application form)
- Course Code: MDBI22
- Programme of Study: PhD (Probationary) at MRC Biostatistics Unit
- Duration: 3 years
- Study mode: Full-time