The MPhil PHS can be taken part-time over 22 months (2 years). Part-time students will be taught with the full-time MPhil students in the same classrooms with the same materials and the same teachers. The only differences are the length of the course, and the planned pathways for part time students.
Applicants should note that due to pre-requisites and dependencies, and constraints of timetabling, the pathways followed by part-time students will be dependent on which of the specialisation themes they are following. An indication of how the modules can be spread over 2 years for each specialisation theme is provided in this document.
International students who require a student visa to study in the UK are expected to apply for the full-time programme. This is owing to the restrictions of a part-time student visa. The University will only sponsor a student visa for the part-time option if the reason for studying part-time is due to a disability. Further information is outlined on the International Students webpages.
Auditing Single MPhil PHS Modules
Cambridge University staff and students may apply to attend individual MPhil PHS modules. Auditing a module (i.e. fully participating, but not for credit) will be free for Cambridge students, but there will be a fee for Cambridge staff (1/12 course fee, which works out as £1075 in 2023/24). People not affiliated to the university are not allowed to audit modules, except by prior arrangement with their institution.
Acceptance onto a module depends on a number of conditions:
• There is sufficient room capacity
• The module leader agrees to the auditor’s participation
• The number of auditors may be limited to no more than 10% of the number of students taking the module
• Preference will be given to students within the three PHS departments (DPHPC, MRC Biostatistics, MRC Epidemiology), then staff within the three departments, then to others.
• Auditors have the necessary pre-requisite knowledge for the module
• Auditors agree to abide by all rules and policies governing students on the MPhil PHS pertaining to module participation
• Auditors agree to participate fully in the whole module, with the same commitment and courtesy expected of all students
• Auditors should not ask questions beyond the scope of class
To apply to audit a module, please complete and return this application form.
Acceptance to participate in a module is not guaranteed, and is dependent on the conditions listed above. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of auditors acceptable, then we will use a simple lottery system.
Opportunities to participate in other Cambridge courses can be found at:
Social Sciences Research Methods Programme, https://www.ssrmc.group.cam.ac.uk/
Postgraduate School of Life Sciences, https://www.postgradschl.lifesci.cam.ac.uk/
Cambridge Postdoc Academy, https://www.postdocacademy.cam.ac.uk/