Post-graduate study

The Mitochondrial Biology Unit has an active post-graduate programme for training students for the Ph D or occasionally M Phil degrees. The programme aims to provide high quality training in both research and in transferable skills. The students are supervised and assessed by a research supervisor and a separate advisor, under the overall supervision of the Unit's graduate education committee.

Students become registered for the Ph D (or M Phil) degree at the University of Cambridge in the Graduate School of Life Sciences (Biological, Medical and Veterinary Sciences). Approximately 36 students in the Unit are registered in this programme.

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The MBU welcomes applications from undergraduates wishing to carry out internships in the Unit.  The duration of these visits is usually between two weeks and six months, however, we have occasionally hosted visiting undergraduates for longer periods.

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MRC studentships

Each year, the Unit awards up to four MRC studentships on a competitive basis to eligible students. The studentship pays for Cambridge University and College fees, and each student receives a stipend of £16,000 per annum. This stipend consists of the basic £15,009 per annum provided by the MRC, plus an additional payment of £991 per annum from the Unit's funds. The Ph D studentships are awarded for either three or four years of study.
Students who either are UK nationals or have established UK residency are eligible for the award of a full MRC studentship. Students from the EU are entitled to receive a fees only award. However, there are additional circumstances that can qualify an EU student for a full award. For details about these circumstances, please contact Penny Peck:

Support for overseas students

Overseas (non-EU) students can be considered for studentships under a scheme administered by the University of Cambridge. Details are given in the Graduate Studies Prospectus of the University of Cambridge. They include the Gates Cambridge Scholarships. If you wish to be considered for one of these awards, you must first be accepted by one of this Unit’s Ph D supervisors. See “How to apply”.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via The University of Cambridge applicant portal where you will also find details of application requirements.

Current projects

Details of current projects are available on
For further details about these projects, please contact the appropriate supervisor directly by e-mail. Alternatively, write to Penny Peck, Postgraduate Secretary, MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, University of Cambridge, The Keith Peters Building, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0XY or e-mail her at: .