The MD degree is a doctorate awarded to clinicians who have undertaken an extended period of scientific research. It provides an opportunity for doctors to receive recognition of research achievement within an approved academic programme.
The MD, on a par academically with the PhD, spans a maximum of six years, allowing candidates to undertake their research alongside clinical or other responsibilities, at the end of which their dissertation is examined by viva.
There are two different routes to the MD.
The standard MD
The standard MD is aimed at medically qualified clinicians working in Cambridge who hold suitable research appointments within Cambridge University Health Partners. Read more…
The MD by Special Regulations
The MD by Special Regulations is aimed at medically qualified clinicians, who hold a primary degree of the University of Cambridge (e.g. BA, MB BChir, MPhil, PhD), and are working at an institution outside Cambridge. Read more…
NB: For both the standard MD and the MD by Special Regulations, at least 4 years must have elapsed since being awarded your medical degree (MB BChir, MBBS, MB ChirB, etc) before you may apply.