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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


This site aims to provide information, resources, and opportunities for students considering applying for AstraZeneca- Cambridge non-clinical PhD studentships at the University of Cambridge.


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Remit: The aim of this programme is to fund Non-Clinical PhD studentships at the University of Cambridge (UoC) for talented graduates in research areas which align with the strategic interests of AstraZeneca (AZ). These areas of interest are in research priorities of the Biologics Engineering, Discovery Sciences, Oncology Machine Learning & AI, Data Sciences & AI, Global Chemistry Network, Biopharmaceutical development, Early cardiovascular, renal and metabolic therapy areas, Clinical Pharmacology and Safety Sciences, Respiratory and Immunology research areas at AstraZeneca. 

What does a studentship provide?

The student will have the opportunity to work in state of the art facilities in drug discovery across the University of Cambridge and the new AstraZeneca Discovery Centre at Cambridge.

The student will be working on a collaborative project jointly supervised by supervisor at AstraZeneca and University of Cambridge.

All studentships are fully funded for 4 years. They provide:

  • 4 years fees (Home rate)
  • Maintenance stipend at enhanced rate (£21,500 in year 1 of PhD, increases yearly)
  • Consumable budget for the project
  • Travel and Subsistence Support of £5000. This is to cover additional costs of training, e.g. courses, conferences, travel etc

Students are expected to complete their laboratory work by 3.5 years and submit their thesis within the 4 year funded period. The project should be designed and supervised to facilitate this.

Student Support and Training

As a graduate student at Cambridge, you will have access to a wide range of training opportunities and benefit from close supervision provided by a primary and secondary PhD supervisor as well as a personal mentor.

During their PhD, there is no taught or examined coursework, but students are encouraged to attend the wide variety of lectures and training courses available to them across the Institute and wider University. This includes a centrally run Statistics course and the University Core Skills Training Programme, which includes sessions on Time Management, Presentation and Performance and Scientific Writing. Students at the Institute will be members of the University’s Postgraduate School of Life Sciences (PSLS) who offer a wide variety of core skills and professional development training. Visit the Researcher Development page on the PSLS website for more information. In addition, the student can also take advantage of training courses and seminars in therapeutic sciences offered by Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences.

All students are expected to attend all internal and external seminars held within the Department and students will also be encouraged to attend and present at the annual AstraZeneca students symposium.


Please read individual project advertisements here for student academic eligibility.

These positions are open to UK citizens or overseas students who meet the UK residency requirements (home fees) or are able to augment the funds to cover the extra costs associated with international student fees. Full details of the University's entrance requirements are specified on the following link: