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Graduate Applications

Applications from UK & EU

If you are likely to graduate with a good honours degree (2.1 or better), and are interested in studying for a PhD in Cambridge please apply via the route described below using the APPLICANT PORTAL 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. Studentships will be advertised here. University of Cambridge Fee Status information here.

Inquiries can also be made by email to (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 30 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2018. A wide range of projects are available across many world-class departments (including the Department of Pharmacology) and research institutes under the four broad themes of:

The first 6 months is spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (New Ways of Working) and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the partner organisations, before progression to a PhD project. An exciting element of the programme is a three-month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, including industry, the media, charities, education and government

UK 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 UK 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 and also the Department for a PhD, however two separate applications will need to be made under one application fee.

The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD course code is BLBB22.

The course code for the PhD (Probationary) in Pharmacology is BLPH22.

All EU candidates seeking funding should use the APPLICANT PORTAL to apply to the Gates Cambridge Trust (; deadline 7th January 2018) and other centrally- available funds (including the Cambridge Trust if they are seeking support from any Cambridge source.

Astra Zeneca Studentships

Applications are invited for 4-year PhD studentships funded by AstraZeneca and the Department of Pharmacology. The students will be working on collaborative projects co-led by departmental supervisors and Astra Zeneca scientists. Apart from carrying out their research, in their first year, the students will have compulsory training in: 1) Statistics, 2) Analysis of Biological Data and 3) Systems Training in Maths, Informatics, Statistics and Computation

Biology (SysMIC) in conjunction with students on the BBSRC DTP (see above). The students will join a vibrant research community of PhD students and scientists working on various research themes such as; Cell Signalling, Cancer and Infectious Diseases, Macromolecular Structure, Neuropharmacology and Vascular Pharmacology.

How to apply: Application process Please send the following to :

1. Your CV (max two A4 pages), with full contact details of 2 academic referees.

2. A covering letter (max two A4 pages) highlighting (a) your research interests and relevant experience and (b) what you hope to achieve from the programme.

You should also state in order of preference which two projects you would like to be considered for. Informal inquires about individual projects should be directed to the supervisors listed on the website. Applications need to be submitted by 5pm (GMT) on 15th Dec 2017. Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Interviews will take place late-January 2018. Please quote reference AZPHD2017 on your application and in any correspondence about these positions. Full information can be found here. Please do not fill in the online Application Form, as this will be instigated, for the successful candidates, after the selection process is complete.

Overseas applicants (except USA)

Information on sources of funding can be found here

Detailed information about funding closing dates is on the University website

Fees at the 'overseas' rate (i.e. students from outside the EU) are appreciably higher than those for Home/EU students and in many cases are not met by single studentships originating in the UK. Further information can be found here

NB In order to be considered for a Cambridge award, your application for admission (via the APPLICANT PORTAL) must be submitted by 4th Jan 2018. In order to avoid the inevitable last-minute rush, we advise you to complete your application by mid- November 2017.

NB There are separate deadlines for applications and funding for candidates from the USA.

Overseas applicants (USA)

The information about applying is the same as that above for other non-UK/non-EU candidates except that, in order to be considered for both the Gates Cambridge Scholarships and Cambridge Overseas Trust awards, the APPLICANT PORTAL must be completed by new applicants before 11th October 2017. If you are a current or former student of the University of Cambridge (and are applying for a new course) then the deadline is 4th Jan 2018.

New applicants from the USA who return the APPLICANT PORTAL after 11th October 2017 but before 4th Jan 2018 will only be considered for modest, part-cost awards offered by the Cambridge Overseas Trust.


Awards Timetable

* Please read the Gates Cambridge Deadlines page ( to check which deadline is applicable to you. Gates Cambridge is unable to consider applicants with Home fee status.