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Department of Genetics


Each year we normally offer a number of Research Council studentships, which can cover course fees and residence fees for UK residents. We generally admit a number of overseas applicants, who are also eligible for funded studentships.

If you are seeking funding as well as a place in the Department you must apply much earlier than if you are self funded, in some cases as much as a year in advance.

The University of Cambridge Graduate Prospectus web pages cover the subjects of funding and costs in detail. They also provide links to the relevant Research Councils for UK applicants, and to the Cambridge Trusts for overseas applicants. The School of Biological Sciences website also has information on funds and Fellowships specifically in biology and medicine.

Doctoral Training Partnerships

The Department of Genetics is a member of three of the UK Research Council Doctoral Training Partnerships in the University. Along with world class research training, the DTPs provide training programmes for professional and personal development and offer a cohort-based environment for your research degree embedded in the wider Cambridge research community.  Details of the programs can be found at the links provided below.

For further information specific to the Department of Genetics:
or write to: Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EH

BBSRC funded PhD studentships

The Cambridge BBSRC DTP provides PhD training in research areas relevant to the remit and strategic priority areas of the BBSRC, as a partner in the  Genetics D. There are a variety of funded 4-year PhD projects available in: Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Bioscience for Health, World-Class Underpinning Bioscience.  

>> See the projects offered in the Department of Genetics for October 2019

Further information and application details are available at

MRC funded PhD studentships

The Cambridge MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Babraham Institute. PhD studentships are available in the areas of Population and Systems Medicine, Infection and Immunity, Molecular and Cellular Science, Neuroscience and Mental Health. 

Further information and application details are available at 

NERC funded PhD studentships

The Cambridge Climate Life and Earth (C-CLEAR) NERC Doctoral Training Partnership provides PhD training across the NERC science portfolio with the Department of Genetics contributing to training in the Biology and Conservation research theme.

Further information is available at

KAUST funded PhD studentships

The Department of Genetics has a 4-year PhD studentship supported by the KAUST Fund for Biological Sciences that is being offered for the projects outlined below. The studentship will cover the fees (at Home/EU rate) and an annual stipend at RCUK rates.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to make an informal approach to the relevant Supervisor before applying via the University Graduate application system