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The Course Directors for Pre-clinical Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are seeking around 180 research projects for candidates of the Final Honour Schools of Medical Sciences, Cell & Systems Biology and Neuroscience.

Typically research projects begin in May and data gathering and/or data analysis should occupy the student for a total of approximately 8 full weeks, or an equivalent period (e.g. 16 half-time weeks). Timing can be agreed between supervisors and students, and students have a complete academic year to complete and write-up their projects, but students will be fairly heavily occupied with lectures, seminars and tutorial teaching from October onwards. A small amount of Advanced Option lectures and seminars will be delivered in May and June 2018, but students will still have the large majority of their time free to work on their research projects during this period.

For each student supervised, the supervisor’s department will be allocated a proportion of the T-JRAM associated with Year 2 of the student’s course (usually a figure of c.£2000). In 2017, the Medical Sciences Board agreed that, for each student supervised, a minimum of £1,000 should be passed on by departments to the host supervisor/lab. Supervisors will also be able to claim for the equivalent of 8 hours of tutorial teaching (£213.02 for 2017-18) from the student’s college.

Supervisors can advertise a project in the central allocations process or make a private arrangement with a student.

In order to help you advertise your project in the central allocation scheme we would need to receive your project offer by Monday 8 January 2018 (0th week, Hilary Term).

If you would be interested in offering a project, please see for further details or e-mail

Briefing session

There will be an informal briefing session on Thursday 11 January at 1-2pm in the Medical Sciences Teaching Centre for anyone who would like to find out more about supervising an FHS research project (for new and existing supervisors). This will be given by Dr Helen Christian (Chair of the Course & Exam Policy Committee for FHS Medical Sciences and FHS Part II Cell & Systems Biology / Neuroscience).

Lunch will be provided. Please e-mail and let him know if you would like to attend, so that we have some idea of numbers.