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Study at CIMR

Study at CIMR

Training postgraduates for their future research career is a key priority at CIMR. This is a great place to do a PhD or MPhil, whether you are interested in the function of healthy cells and tissues or directly in the molecular mechanisms underlying disease. Our PIs  aim to understand the cell biology of disease mechanisms using a wide range of disciplines including biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, cell biology, immunology and molecular biology. The application of many approaches and techniques is often necessary to understand biological systems.

CIMR comprises approximately 230 scientists and about 70 postgraduate students, who are organised into around 24 research groups. There is a balance of clinical (clinical training fellows or MBPhD students) and basic scientists, and we aim to provide a stimulating and supportive research environment for all.

1 year MPhil for basic researchers. If you would like to be considered for an MPhil, we encourage you to contact your potential supervisor directly in the first instance, to discuss your application and funding possibilities. Please see the Postgraduate Admission's website for more information regarding funding opportunities.

PhD programme for clinical researchers. CIMR also participates in a 4 year PhD programme for clinical researchers run by the University.

Clinical training fellowships. Competitive awards for clinical training fellowships can be obtained through several funding bodies, including: Medical Research Council, Wellcome Trust and the Association of Medical Research Charities.

CIMR is also the admissions centre for the Department of Medical Genetics.  Applicants wishing to undertake a PhD or MPhil with a supervisor based in the Department of Medical Genetics outside of CIMR should apply to the PhD or MPhil in Medical Science (CIMR) course.


If you would like to apply for funding, please ensure you complete the funding section of the postgraduate application form (via the Applicant Portal).

You must submit your online application by the funding bodies' deadline or your funding application will not be considered. Please see the Postgraduate Admission Funding page for more detailed information regarding deadlines and eligibility.