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Sainsbury Laboratory


Postgraduate application process

The Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) is a research-only department. You will enrol in one of the teaching departments at the University of Cambridge, but undertake your research at SLCU where your supervisor is based.

Our postgraduate students enrol in one of the below departments:


To apply for a postgraduate research course (PhD or Masters) under a supervisor at the SLCU you will need to:

  1. Identify a potential supervisor (see the list of potential SLCU supervisors)
  2. Contact this supervisor to discuss possible projects. 
  3. Discuss with your potential supervisor which Department to apply through (see list of Departments that most of our students are enrolled through at the bottom of this page).
  4. Check that you meet the prerequisites by checking course details on the central University of Cambridge Postgraduate Admissions Course Directory.
  5. Submit an online application via the Applicant Portal before the application deadline closes.


step-by-step guide to the online application process is detailed on the University of Cambridge's Graduate Admissions site. 


Teaching Departments to enrol through

Departments & Courses that most of our postgraduate research degree students are enrolled through:


Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)


Department of Biochemistry


Department of Genetics


Department of Physics


Department of Plant Sciences