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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences

 

This programme is designed to provide valuable experience of pre-competitive research which spans academia (the University of Cambridge) and industry (MedImmune).

The programme aims to promote innovative pre-clinical research by training independent scientists who can develop preclinical and translatable innovations providing valuable industry experience for early-career researchers. An important feature of this programme is that students will build useful academia-industry relationships and will develop and execute a coherent body of research with direct involvement in an academic and industrial biomedical research setting. Students will undertake projects which are mutually agreed by and beneficial to the University of Cambridge and Medimmune with students having both University of Cambridge and MedImmune project supervisors. Students will spend approximately 50 per cent research time at the University of Cambridge and 50 per cent research time at MedImmune.

Project proposals for this programme will come from across many different departments and institutes within the School of the Biological Sciences, the School of Clinical Medicine and from MedImmune based on selected relevant research themes. Students will be integrated into the research culture of their department or institute by joining a research group. For the first year, the students will be probationary; they will only be registered for the PhD after successfully completing an assessment exercise (report and viva) at the end of their first year as a PhD student. Following the submission and defence of the final body of work, the award of PhD will be made by the University of Cambridge. Please note, this programme is currently open to UK and EU nationals only.

Projects are created and advertised by the MedImmune programme. Applications should only be made if there is a specifically advertised project. DO NOT APPLY if there is not an advertised project. Candidates that apply outside of a recruitment period for a specifically advertised project will not be considered.

Please also note, this programme is currently only open to UK and EU students. Overseas students are not eligible to apply.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the PhD programme, students will have:

  • substantial training as independent scientists who can develop preclinical and translatable innovations;
  • a comprehensive understanding of their research areas through active research and dissemination of findings;
  • attained a comprehensive understanding of research and laboratory techniques in both an academic and industrial partner setting;
  • a significant understanding of the operating practices of research being carried out within the academic and industrial setting and of how these may be more closely linked;
  • attained research expertise and completed original research that advances a specific field of study and equips them for a career within the area of biomedical research;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and  methodologies; and
  • demonstrated independent, critical scientific thinking with regards to planning and executing research studies.

 

Placements

Students on this programme will spend time in MedImmune laboratories in Cambridge. The exact amount of time will be dependent on each project, with the view that students will spend approximately half of their time in University of Cambridge laboratories and half in MedImmune laboratories.

 

Feedback

Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.

 

Assessment

Thesis

Award of the degree of PhD will be made by the University of Cambridge following examination of a submitted thesis. The maximum length is 60,000 words. This work will be written to the standards of the University department in which the student is enrolled and assessment will take the form of a viva voce examination.

 

Applying to the Programme

Projects are created and advertised by the MedImmune programme. Applications should only be made if there is a specifically advertised project. DO NOT APPLY if there is not an advertised project. Candidates that apply outside of a recruitment period for a specifically advertised project will not be considered.

 

Selection Process

Applicants will be shortlised for interview based on academic merit and interviews will be carried out, as far as possible, within four weeks of the advertised closing date.

For each intake, the final projects to be offered under the programme will be selected by the programme's Steering Committee. There will be a minimum of two and a maximum of six projects on offer each year. Advertisements for the programme will be circulated online. There will be an application window of six weeks during which applicants will need to apply via the Applicant Portal to the programme. Applications for the 2018/19 academic year will be considered in either one round of applications for all projects or individual projects may be advertised separately. Individual projects may be advertised at different times throughout the year and applicants are strongly advised to check the programme website for details. The final date for completion of all applications, for an October 2018 start, will be no later than 30 June 2018.