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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences


The application process for the 2020 intake is now open. The application closing date is: Tuesday 3rd December 2019 (09:00 GMT) Full details can be found here:

Students apply to the programme rather than to specific Faculty members, and spend the first eight months of the programme undertaking three rotation projects in different research groups. This ensures exposure to different disciplines in genomics, and allows the students to gain a better overall picture of the scientific nature of the Institute and the different technologies that are available. In particular, all students are required to carry out at least one informatics rotation and one experimental laboratory rotation. This helps students to develop wide ranging skills both at the bench and in data analysis. Students are required to write a short report or prepare a poster and make a presentation to the group at the end of each project. Selection of the final PhD project laboratory is by mutual consent between the student and supervisor and takes place during the third rotation period.

Monitoring of each student's progress is achieved through the submission of a project report or the preparation of a poster for each rotation, their first year report and by thesis committee meetings which take place every 6 months.

During their PhD, students are expected to attend training courses in transferable and general research skills, participate in the students' journal club, present their work regularly and attend seminars.

Students offered one of our 4-year PhD programme funded studentships will obtain full financial support, including University tuition fees, regardless of nationality. There will be 12 funded studentships available across all our research areas. Since Sanger Institute studentships are extremely competitive, we also encourage you to seek your own funding. Any students with their own funding should still apply to the 4-year PhD Programme in the usual way.

For information on how to make an application to our 4-year PhD Programme please go to How to apply.

Please visit our Faculty pages for information on Faculty members and their research areas.

University of Cambridge affiliation

Markus Brosch

Students at the Wellcome Sanger Institute are awarded a University of Cambridge PhD degree.

The Wellcome Sanger Institute was granted affiliation with the University of Cambridge as a 'University Partner Institution' in 1995. All graduate students at the Institute are registered with the University and are members of a Cambridge College. This allows our students to take an active part in the University's academic and social life and brings many benefits such as access to events/courses run by University departments and the Graduate School of Life Sciences, and access to University facilities such as the library and the careers service.

Once a student has been selected for our 4-year PhD programme they have to apply for admission to the University