University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge


Research areas include the following topics: cell and developmental biology: cell signalling; RNAi; Alzheimer's disease and ageing; chromosome replication; non-coding RNAs; cell cycle; development and cell differentiation; morphogenesis and the patterning; RNA processing and cell polarity; development of the nervous system; development and function of visceral neurons and Malpighian tubules; control of cell survival and proliferation by cell interactions; neurobiology: neuronal circuit networks; processing of visual information; energetic costs of information processing; epigenetic remodelling and signalling pathways in locust behaviour; acoustic communication in insects; neural mechanisms of learning and memory; animal physiology: physical ecology of insect-plant interactions; mechanisms of surface adhesion in animals; insect homeostasis; energetics of insect flight; mechanics of flapping wings; evolution and diversity: vertebrate structure and functional morphology; early vertebrate evolution; biochemical evolution and phylogeny; evo-devo; segment diversity and body plan evolution in arthropods; evolutionary genetics of butterfly radiation; evolution of mimicry patterns and speciation in butterflies; insects of tropical rainforest canopy; behavioural ecology: behavioural ecology of birds and mammals; molecular ecology and conservation; foraging and social behaviour; reproductive strategies; mate choice; parental investment; population and community; co-evolution between brood parasites and their hosts; conservation of island birds molecular basis of adaptive phenotypic evolution in vertebrates; game theory, genetic models and evolutionary conflicts; ecology and conservation science: establishing priorities for conservation action; evidence-based conservation; conservation biology of birds; evolution of behavioural strategies; ecology and conservation of freshwater , lagoonal, mangrove and reef-flat environments; control of invasive species; phenotypic and genetic evolution of pathogens, particularly influenza; in addition to the course fee (university composition fee) students may have to pay a college fee.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd class Honours degree or overseas equivalent; applicants whose 1st language is not English must demonstrate competence in English (IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each element; or other acceptable test).

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on an individually-supervised research projects leading to a thesis and oral examination.

Sponsorship information

A variety of sources of funding may be available; studentships from UK research councils (BBSRC, MRC, NERC) and charitable bodies e.g. Wellcome Trust; Cancer Research Campaign; additional sources of funding are also available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 7,035 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MPhil Full-time £ 22,674 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PhD Full-time £ 7,362 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
PhD Full-time £ 23,889 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

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