Programme Director:Professor Richard Durbin (Department of Genetics);
Deputy Directors: Dr Daniel Gaffney (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute);
Dr Gos Micklem (Department of Genetics; Cambridge Systems Biology Centre; Cambridge Computational Biology Institute);
Dr Marc Tischkowitz (Department of Medical Genetics);
Dr Chris Wallace (Department of Medicine & MRC Biostatistics Unit).
This MRes + PhD programme has been established as a collaboration between the University and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI). The programme will provide the opportunity to work at the interface between the mathematical and computational sciences, and genome-scale and translational medical research. We expect that successful applicants will have strong mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and may include exceptional biologists. They will develop quantitative techniques and theoretical approaches and apply them to practical problems in both translational and basic biomedical research. The programme comprises of a tailored first year of taught modules and research rotations, followed by a three-year research project. From 2017, students will have the opportunity to obtain an MRes after the first year.
All students will have two supervisors, one from a mathematics, engineering or other quantitative science background, and the second from a genetics or genomics/biomedical background.
Fees and Funding
The Wellcome Trust provides full financial support, including tuition fees up to home/EU rates, consumables and a training and travel budget. Current, tax-free stipends paid by the programme are shown below. For those students applying who are resident outside of the EU, the remaining fees should be found through other funding schemes.
Current stipend amounts (as of 2018):
Year 1 £19,919 p.a.
Year 2 £21,542 p.a.
Year 3 £23,298 p.a.
Year 4 £23,997 p.a.
Further information on student funding by the Wellcome Trust can be found here.