UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The London interdisciplinary doctoral training programme is a first-class multi-institutional research environment delivering world-class research in BBSRC's priority areas. Adventurous and forward-looking projects, under-pinned by extensive and relevant postgraduate training, ensure our graduates are well equipped to enter the world of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research. This BBSRC programme delivers research training that supports the new cross-disciplinary landscape; providing mathematical and computational skills to understand and model biological processes and function, while maintaining at the core, training in world-class bioscience that underpins all living systems. Recent doctoral graduates from the UCL Division of Biosciences have become researchers at leading UK universities and research centres including UCL, Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, University of Manchester, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK; or highly reputable international academic institutions such as Cornell University, Yale, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of the Western Cape. Others have begun their careers by joining the civil service and National Health Service or they have found senior roles in industry with companies such as Novartis, Cellzoe and Genzyme.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,275 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,275 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £24,450 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Master's degree in a relevant subject. Applicants must be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy (minimum GCSE Mathematics or Statistics or an equivalent, or alternatively a university degree module with a good grade).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100