Clinical Biochemistry

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The Metabolic Research Laboratories  (MRL) considers applications for a 1-year MPhil by research from both basic scientists and clinical trainees.

Students undertake a specific research project, typically of 12 months duration, under the supervision of a principal investigator at MRI and submit a dissertation which is examined for the MPhil in Medical Sciences. 

Before making a formal application, applicants should contact individual Investigators whose work interests them to discuss potential projects and availability of funding.

Students receive training in scientific laboratory skills and methods appropriate to the project. Graduate students  also attend regular weekly seminars given by local, national and international speakers, and are encouraged to attend appropriate training courses provided by the University Graduate School of Life Sciences. They have opportunities to present their work at group meetings and seminars within the Metabolic Research Laboratories as well as at conferences and symposia. 

There is an energetic student community at the MRL that organises regular events such as a student journal club and an annual student symposium. 


Transfer from MPhil to PhD is possible although it is not automatic. All cases are judged on their own merits based on a number of factors including: evidence of progress and research potential; a sound research proposal; the availability of a suitable supervisor, full funding and resources required for the research; acceptance by the Head of Department and the Degree Committee.

The MPhil programme offered by the Department of Clinical Biochemistry  in the Metabolic Research Laboratories (MRL) is a supervised, 1-year, laboratory-based research course, with each student conducting their MPhil project under the direction of their Principal Supervisor. The course is entirely by research. 

Students should expect to receive regular supervision from their principal supervisor, ideally at least once a month, and formal feedback each term.  

Students also attend regular lab meetings and will present their work at the annual MRL Student Symposium.

One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Students are expected to have regular meetings with their supervisor. In addition, students are assigned a second supervisor who is usually not directly involved in the research project but takes an interest in general progress and can be a useful source of mentoring. Students are also invited to meet once a term with the Director of Graduate Education and Senior Research Manager for impartial advice and guidance. 

Seminars & classes

Students are expected to attend weekly departmental seminars and the 'Hot Topics' sessions organised for 1st year students at the MRL. 


This is a research-based MPhil. There are no set practicals but students are expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours/week research for at least 44 weeks/year.

Journal clubs

Students are encouraged to attend and present at the MRL student journal club.


Students are expected to participate in, and present their work at lab group meetings. 

All MPhil students are expected to present a poster at the annual MRL student symposium.


Students should expect to receive regular feedback on experimental progress and feedback during writing the MPhil thesis from their principal supervisor. Termly progress reports are made by the Supervisor and uploaded on an online reporting syystem which is accessible to students. Feedback on poster presentation is provided following the annual student symposium. 



The MPhil in Medical Science is examined by dissertation and viva. The dissertation must be no longer than 20,000 words and must satisfy the examiners that the candidate can design and carry out an original investigation, assess and interpret the results obtained, and place the work in the wider perspective of the subject.

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