Graduate students come from both medical and non-medical backgrounds. Those studying medicine, or undertaking their specialty training, or already practising as a consultant radiologist, may be able to take ‘time out’ for an MPhil or PhD. Students hoping to continue on to graduate study from an undergraduate course will need an Honours degree in an imaging-related subject such as cellular or molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, physics or engineering.
Expected Academic Standards
Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree.
If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
Students must be highly proficient in the English language: spoken, reading, writing and comprehension.
TOEFL Internet Score
CAE – Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.
CPE – Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element)
As these are not taught courses, students must be self-motivated, self-disciplined and able to work effectively as part of a team as well as independently. Students will receive supervision and assistance from the academics, clinicians, other scientists and researchers, but will be expected to pursue their research under their own initiative.
Please see Applying to the School of Clinical Medicine for more information on how to choose a course, make a strong application and prepare for an admissions interview.
If there is any form of patient contact involved in the research project, either an Honorary Contract or Research Passport (letter of access) will be required from the NHS Trust. This will be organised when admission is confirmed by the University and the exact nature of the patient contact is established. An escalating level of research passport may be required as research progresses and the nature of contact with patients changes. Appropriate advice will be provided.
All Cambridge students are members of a College (see The Colleges). A few of the Colleges only admit graduate students (e.g. Clare Hall), all the rest accept both undergraduate and graduates. All Colleges provide accommodation, although the amount and quality available for graduates will vary and there might be stiff competition. You can indicate your College preference(s), if any, in your application. Accommodation costs can be quite expensive in Cambridge. Do not leave sorting out a place to live until the last minute!