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.
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 strict.
Once you have confirmed your academic eligibility (above) please send a full CV, covering letter, detailed list of all statistical courses undertaken and the contact details of two referees to:
Alternatively you can post your application to:
MRC Biostatistics Unit
Institute of Public Health
University Forvie Site
Applicants from the UK
For MRC Studentships: If successful the MRC and the Unit will meet the full cost of your course at the University of Cambridge Home/ EU rate and provide you with a generous stipend and travel and training budget.
Applicants from the EU
For MRC Studentships: If successful the MRC and the Unit will meet the full cost of your course at the University of Cambridge Home/ EU rate and offer you a travel and training budget.
On occasion, and only for exceptional candidates, we will also offer a stipend. Successful applicants will be informed at the time of offer whether or not a stipend will also be offered.
The University of Cambridge also have a number of funding schemes available to EU candidates detailed in their Cambridge Funding Search webpage.
Applicants from outside the UK and EU
For MRC Studentships: If successful the MRC and the Unit will only meet the cost of your course at the University of Cambridge Home/ EU rate and students who will be classed as overseas or islands students (i.e. all those not eligible for the Home/ EU rate) will be expected to meet the additional cost of these fees themselves.
All non-EU candidates should explain on their application how they will expect to meet the additional cost of overseas fees i.e. scholarships they have applied for etc. **Any applications which do not detail this information may not be considered**
The University of Cambridge have a number of funding schemes available to overseas candidates detailed in their Cambridge Funding Search webpage.
University of Cambridge GRADSAF application
Applying to the University costs £50 for an online applications and £100 to apply on paper.
It is not necessary for any candidate to apply to the University prior to being offered a place at the Unit.
However if a candidate wishes to apply for extra funding from one of the University’s funding schemes, i.e. to pay the overseas fees, it will be necessary to complete a University of Cambridge Application, by the relevant funding deadline, in order to be considered for it.
Applications for the University’s main funding schemes are made via the GRADSAF (graduate application form). Please follow the instructions on how to complete the University of Cambridge GRADSAF: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/apply/
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: NUBI22
- Programme of Study: PhD (Probationary) at MRC Biostatistics Unit
- Duration: 3 years
- Study mode: Full-time
GRADSAF supporting documents
In order to be eligible for the different funding schemes you must ensure your University application (GRADSAF) is submitted and supporting documents are received by the required University of Cambridge Funding Deadlines.
Please follow the instructions on the Board of Graduate Studies website on how to send supporting documents for your University application:
The GRADSAF supporting documents are in addition to the electronic documents we ask you to send when completing the MRC Biostatistics Unit application process