If you are likely to graduate with a good honours degree (II.1 or better), and are interested in studying for a PhD in Cambridge please apply via the route described below (Admission to the University) using the GRADSAF application procedure.
The Department has limited access to funding and is able to award Research Studentships to Home students when the funding is available. Research Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and are funded by the research councils, charities, and sometimes by industrial sponsors. In addition, the Department offers The David James Studentship which has recently become a partner of University of Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (see BBSRC DTP) allowing applicants with a strong interest in Pharmacological research to join in with this scheme for the duration of their studies. Applicants should indicate in Section A (12) of the GRADSAF (“Summary details of research proposal or reason for applying for the course”) their interest in the David James Studentship and which projects they are interested in (see projects on offer below). Holders of The David James Studentship must carry out a Department of Pharmacology research project for the three years of their PhD.
Home and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at
with University of Cambridge Fee Status information here:
Enquiries can also be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or directly to the proposed supervisor in the case of specific details about the project offered).
BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
The University of Cambridge is offering up to 25 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2014. A wide range of projects are available across world-class University departments (including the Department of Pharmacology) and associated research institutes under the four broad themes of Basic Bioscience Underpinning Health; Bioenergy & Industrial Biotechnology; Food Security; and World Class Underpinning Bioscience.
The first year takes the form of an MRes involving a structured programme of tailored training courses and two laboratory rotations before progression to the three-year PhD. A new element of the programme is a three month internship which is held outside the laboratory.
UK students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will also be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at:
We encourage students who are interested in a research area that is eligible for BBSRC funding to apply for the DTP programme. Detailed information on application can be found here:
Students can apply to the DTP (which can include the David James Studentship) and also the Department for a PhD, however two separate applications will need to be made and therefore would incur two application fees.
The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership MRes/PhD course code is BLPSR1.
The deadline for online applications is Tuesday 3rd December, with ALL supporting documentation to be submitted by Tuesday 17th December. Interviews will take place between 29th January and 3rd February 2014.
All EU candidates seeking funding should use the GRADSAF to apply to the Gates Cambridge Trust (http://www.gatesscholar.org/; deadline 3rd December 2013) and other centrally- available funds (including the Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS) http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/fees/funding/chess/) if they are seeking support from any Cambridge source.