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Frequently Asked Questions

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Before contacting the department, please check below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the studentship application process.

What is our University of Cambridge Course Code?

BLSTR1 (MRes in Stem Cell Biology). However, you only need this course code if you are an overseas student applying for additional funding through the University's application form system (Applicant Portal).

When can I apply?

This studentship is advertised once each year. Applications are welcomed from October/November, with a closing date of January/February.

Do I need to complete a University application form?

All students must complete the departmental application form. 

Only successful students (after interview) will be asked to complete the University's online application using the new Applicant Portal.  However, if you are applying for additional funding (i.e. to cover your 'Overseas' fees), you will also need to complete the University's application form through the Applicant Portal.

What is the stipend?

We offer a stipend at the standard RCUK rate (tax-free), augmented from other sources to a starting stipend of £19,9187.

Do I need to take a language test?

You do not need to take a language test at application stage. If you are interviewed and offered a place on the programme, you will be asked to complete and submit the University's application form through the Applicant Portal (unless you are an overseas student and already submitted one) and will then be given a "pre-offer language condition" by the Graduate Admissions Office. You would then need to arrange and complete a language test by a given deadline. 

Further information about this can be found here: Language requirements 

The departmental application deadline is in February, but the University funding deadline (for applying for Overseas Fees) through the University's Graduate Applicant Portal is in December. Does this mean I have to submit both applications by December?

Only the University application to the Applicant Portal needs to be submitted by the December deadline. You still have until the later deadline to submit our Departmental Application.  

If I am applying through the University's Graduate Applicant Portal, will my referees have to provide references for both this and the Departmental application process? 

Yes they will. The difference is that you can request references directly through the University's Applicant Portal, but we ask you to request that your referees email their references directly to the department. See 'How to Apply'.


I still need some help please!

Please contact our Graduate Administrator, Jo Jack, by email at