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MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society



The cost of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge is broken down into two areas:

  1. University Composition Fee: a payment made via your College to the University to cover the cost of your education and your College membership.
  2. Maintenance: the estimated minimum cost of living during your time at the University

These, along with any additional costs, make up the minimum financial commitment you will be required to demonstrate before you can be admitted to the University. You can find more information about financial commitments on the Postgraduate Admissions finance pages.


You can find the most comprehensive information on funding opportunities within the University on the Postgraduate Admissions Funding pages.

You are automatically considered for a number of University funding sources if you:

  • Submit a completed application by the relevant funding deadline. The deadlines are 11 October 2023 for US Gates applicants, and 5 December 2023 for all other applicants.
  • Tick the boxes on the Applicant Portal relating to the funding for which you would like to be considered.

Some University funding sources require additional information in your application, or a separate application. The Postgraduate Admissions website has further details.

Course-specific funding

Wellcome Trust Studentships

The MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Masters Programme Award in Humanities and Social Science. This generous funding provides studentships for a total of 8 students between 2019 and 2024.

The Wellcome Trust has made these awards to courses that aim to:

  • Improve students' understanding of health through the humanities or social sciences
  • Prepare students for a career in health-related humanities or social sciience research
  • Build an influential and diverse population of talented researchers.

1-2 studentships will be offered to students commencing an MPhil in Health, Medicine and Society in Autumn 2023. All successful applicants will be considered for a Wellcome studentship by the HMS course managers, using information provided in the Applicant Portal.

What the studentship provides:

  • Fees at the home/UK rate (successful international applicants will have a portion of their fees covered by this award)
  • A stipend of ¬£16,000
  • A contribution to travel and research expenses

Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Studentships

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science will automatically consider all applicants for postgraduate study in HPS for trust fund maintenance awards. Assessment will be based on information provided in the Applicant Portal. The number of awards made in any year will be conditional on previous commitments and income generated by the fund. Initial offers of funding will be made in March each year, and awards will continue to be allocated all the available funding has been committed.