Study at the Stem Cell Institute

The Stem Cell Institute offers a unique environment for high-level research training in stem cell biology. The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in this field, and has a dynamic and interactive research community, ranked amongst the foremost in the world. PhD students in the Stem Cell Institute undertake our Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine, which enables students to take advantage of the strength and breadth of stem cell research available in Cambridge, plus the added benefits that the unique culture of College life and membership of the University of Cambridge provide.

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Current PhD Opportunities

Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme 

Wellcome Trust July 2016


MRC 4-Year (1+3) PhD Programme: The Physical Biology of Stem Cells (2017 entry) 

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There are also a number other PhD studentships with Stem Cell Institute labs, please see on our 'Other Opportunities tab or click here.

Upcoming PhD Opportunities

All available programmes are listed above.

Self-funded Students

Self-funded Students

If you have your own funding to pay for your studies, or you have a preferred supervisor in mind, please contact potential supervisors directly. For a list of research groups at the Stem Cell Institute (including contact details) please visit


 General PhD Enquiries

Email the PhD Administrator or visit Graduate Admissions

 Masters Enquiries

We don't run a specific programme within the Stem Cell Institute. However, if you have a particular area of interest which is aligned with one of our principal investigators, you should get in touch with them directly.  Here is a list of research groups, including contact details:  

Image Credits (left - right)

Image 1: Locations of different stem cell populations in the hair follicle.

Image courtesy of Mahalia Page.

Image 2: Reprogramming of skin cells boosted by NuRD activity.Green fluorescence indicates emerging iPS cell colonies.

Image courtesy of Rodrigo Santos.

Image 3: Genetics lineage tracing of BLIMP1-expressing cells and their progeny (labelled with green fluorescent protein, GFP) in a whole-mount preparation of epidermis. Differentiated sebocytes are labelled in red and polymerized actin is labelled in blue. The image shows GFP-positive cells in the hair follicle bulge but not in the sebaceous gland.

Image courtesy of Kai Kretzschmar & Fiona Watt.

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