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Department of Genetics

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Before you apply

Before you apply for a Postgraduate course in this Department, it is very important that you read the information given on the Postgraduate School of Life Sciences website and on the University of Cambridge website for Graduate admissions. Since comprehensive information is mostly provided by these two websites, we have not repeated it on ours, although we do have some additional pages of information related to this Department, linked on the left. We have now compiled a 'Quick Guide to applying' which you can also download as a pdf

Most Postgraduate students in the Department of Genetics undertake a three-year PhD, a few are taking a one-year MPhil, and occasionally some take a Certificate of Post Graduate Education. Applications for all three are made at the same time and in the same way.

All graduate applications made to departments in the School of Biological Sciences should be submitted on-line. The Postgraduate School of Life Sciences website provides comprehensive information, including instructions on how to apply.

Most information about applying for a Postgraduate course at Cambridge can now be found on the Graduate admissions website. The Graduate Admissions e-mail is:

Our entrance requirements comply with the University of Cambridge requirements. Basically you should have, or should attain at the end of your Undergraduate course, a 2.1 degree. You should also be able to demonstrate that you are competent in the English language.

Before applying to the Department of Genetics you should check the PhD projects offered, and the research being undertaken in the various labs [see the Lab listing] to ensure we can accommodate your proposed project. Always contact the relevant Group Leader if necessary to discuss this.

There is no formal deadline for applications, but they are evaluated in December, and interviews are held in January. Obviously, the earlier applications are submitted, the better. Some funding bodies, such as the Cambridge Trusts and Gates Cambridge, have application deadlines as early as October.

For further information specific to this Department:

or write to: Postgraduate Admissions Coordinator, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EH

The University-wide e-mail address for Graduate Admissions is: