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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 those who may not have previously considered Cambridge. 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. 

We are a diverse community conducting ground-breaking research. We are committed to fostering inclusive excellence and welcome applications from students of diverse backgrounds, including those from various ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and belief backgrounds, as well as different nationalities, among others. Diversity of backgrounds and experiences enriches our research community and contributes to a vibrant and dynamic academic environment.

We recognise that students need tailored 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. 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.

Our programme is participating in Close the Gap, a project where Oxford and Cambridge Universities are teaming up with various stakeholders to examine graduate admissions processes. We’re creating and trying out new, fair selection methods for doctoral candidates, aiming to make a real difference. Read more about Close the Gap

Through the DTP programme, we proudly bolster the Experience Postgrad Life Sciences internship initiative  - a dynamic 8-week research internship programme designed to enhance inclusivity at the University of Cambridge.