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 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. Those students who have gained their degree outside the UK will be subject to University of Cambridge criteria for overseas qualifications to ensure that this high level is maintained. A Masters degree is also considered essential for a PhD in Biostatistics
Students whose first language is not English are required to pass an English test at a high level prior to their admission being confirmed (the requirements of the University of Cambridge are among the highest in the UK). The University believes that it is in the student’s interest that his or her language skills are at a very high level before he or she embarks on a course and adherence to this requirement is extremely strict.
Applications for entry to the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Michaelmas Term 2018 will close on January 4th 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 and £100 to apply on paper- 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
- Course Code: MDBI22
- Programme of Study: PhD (Probationary) at MRC Biostatistics Unit
- Duration: 3 years
- Study mode: Full-time