4-Year PhD programme overview

Students in the Genome Campus library

Students in the Genome Campus library [Markus Brosch, Sanger Institute]


We believe that a 4-year PhD programme provides the best training opportunities.

Students spend the first seven months of the programme undertaking three rotation projects in different research groups. This ensures exposure to different disciplines in genomics, and allows the students to gain a better overall picture of the scientific nature of the Institute and the different technologies that are available. In particular, all students are required to carry out at least one informatics rotation and one experimental laboratory rotation. This helps students to develop wide ranging skills both at the bench and in data analysis. Students are required to write a short report or prepare a poster and make a presentation to the group at the end of each project. Selection of the final PhD project laboratory is by mutual consent between the student and supervisor and takes place during the third rotation period.

Monitoring of each student's progress is achieved through the submission of a project report or the preparation of a poster for each rotation, their first year report and by thesis committee meetings which take place every 6 months.

During their PhD, students are expected to attend training courses in transferable and general research skills, participate in the students' journal club, present their work regularly and attend seminars.

Students offered one of our 4-year PhD programme studentships will obtain full financial support, including tuition fees, regardless of nationality. At least ten studentships will be available across all our research areas. Since Sanger Institute studentships are extremely competitive, we also encourage you to seek your own funding. Any students with their own funding should still apply to the 4-year PhD Programme in the usual way.

For information on how to make an application to our 4-year PhD Programme please go to How to apply.

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