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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme



We strive to ensure that our recruitment processes are effective in reaching out to groups who are currently underrepresented in postgraduate bioscience research in general, and in Cambridge in particular, and to fully support all students through their PhD journey. 


We seek to recruit students from a variety of backgrounds, including many who may previously have thought that “Cambridge is not for people like me”. If you have the talent and motivation, then Cambridge is for people like you. While we are proud of the international reputation for excellence of our life sciences research we also recognise that we need to fully reflect the diversity of our society in order to provide the vigorous intellectual environment that will maintain and enhance our leading position. We aim for all aspects of our programme to be inclusive, for instance ensuring that speakers and panel members at our events are representative. All staff associated with the DTP, and all students as part of the first year course, are required to undertake Unconscious Bias training. 


Students from different backgrounds often need tailored individual support and access to peer support groups. We ensure that students are aware of the appropriate support networks and services across the University and colleges. We recognise that students with caring responsibilities, or other individual needs, might need access to part time routes to PhD study, and we take a flexible approach to facilitate this.


We provide a welcoming environment for all students, with a cohort structure that will support your progression through your PhD and establish a network of professional contacts that will endure after you graduate. While a PhD entails hard work and commitment, it is equally important for students to be able to maintain wellbeing and balance in their lives. A distinctive feature of Cambridge in this regard is that all students join one of the University’s 31 colleges, which provide pastoral support, social and sports facilities, as well as accommodation. The college environment uniquely allows you to network with students and faculty across the full range of disciplines within the university, providing an important support structure that complements provision within our DTP.