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Cambridge Computational Biology Institute


Year 1

Choice of taught modules

Students will meet with their supervisors to discuss courses of interest which can be selected from many options. This may include courses offered by the CCBI Master of Philosophy in Computational Biology, Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics, Master of Philosophy in Epidemiology and those hosted by the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Research Rotations

Each of the two rotations will involve a well-defined research project lasting eight weeks.

Rotations, and eventual PhD projects, must have two supervisors and be collaborative between labs emphasising quantitative/analytic work and those with an emphasis on biology. The different labs should be within different departments (where WSI counts as a department). Supervisors can be from the University of Cambridge and WSI only.

Current Supervisors

The MGM Programme has a pool of distinguished supervisors all of whom are experts in their fields. The full list can be found under the supervisors section on the left.


A pass in the MRes is based on successful completion of year 1. This will include course and rotation reports and mandatory attendance at the seminar series, annual retreat and CCBI Symposium.

Assessment may include, at the discretion of the Examiners, an oral examination on the work submitted by the candidate and on the general field of knowledge within which such work falls.

PhD research project

PhD project selection happens towards the end of the second research rotation, with a view to projects commencing at the start of year 2 (year 1 of the PhD). Students must proactively develop their project through discussions with prospective supervisors and also write a formal project proposal.

In order to progress to year 2 (year 1 of the PhD) students must submit a PhD research proposal for approval by Wellcome.

Year 2-4

In year 1 of the PhD, students are probationary (NOTAF) and towards the end of the second year students will be evaluated by their host departments as part of the First Year PhD Assessment. The assessment involves submission of a Report and an oral examination. Students must pass this assessment in order to progress to year 2 of the PhD and in order to be registered for the PhD degree.  At the end of year 3, students must submit a plan for their fourth and final year, outlining the time-frame for the remaining research activities and a skeleton outline of their thesis. Year 4 is deemed a ‘writing-up’ year.