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Cambridge Computational Biology Institute


As outlined below the CCBI contributes to teaching at all levels within the University.


CCBI members run and/or teach relevant courses across the University, including Introduction to Molecular Bioengineering (Department of Engineering), Module 4 of Part II Genetics (Department of Genetics) and the SEB module of Part III Systems Biology (School of the Biological Sciences), and also co-organised the Cambridge team for the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition from 2005-2012 and 2014, winning many prizes including the Grand Prize in 2009.

MPhil degree in Computational Biology

The MPhil in Computational Biology is an 11-month course aimed at introducing students to quantitative aspects of biological and medical sciences, including bioinformatics. It is intended for mathematicians, computer scientists and others wishing to learn about the subject in preparation for a PhD course or a career in industry. It is also suitable for students with a first degree in biosciences as long as they have strong quantitative skills (which should be documented in their application).

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Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine (MGM)

This PhD programme has been established as a collaboration between the University and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The programme provides the opportunity to work at the interface between the mathematical and computational sciences, and genome-scale and translational medical research. Successful applicants have strong mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and may include exceptional biologists. They develop quantitative techniques and theoretical approaches and apply them to practical problems in both translational and basic biomedical research. The programme follows a "1 + 3" model, comprising a tailored first year of taught modules and research rotations, followed by a three-year research project. All students have two supervisors, one from a mathematics, engineering or other quantitative science background, and the second from a genetics or genomics/biomedical background.

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Other PhD Applications

We would advise students wishing to undertake a PhD outside the MGM programme to make direct contact with potential supervisors before making an official application to the University. When contacting potential supervisors, please explain exactly what your interests are, and how they might overlap with those of the supervisor.

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