UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Graduate students will work with internationally renowned mentors and will be immersed in research at the cutting edge of basic science. Graduating students emerge well rounded and trained with outstanding skills that are internationally recognised, and poised to take up posts in leading groups around the world. The world-leading research groups in the department study biological questions ranging from molecule to man. These are listed below and are remarkable in their breadth and depth from fundamental aspects of cell biology through to behaviour and from key questions in biology to understanding mechanisms of human disease. Many of our recent graduates have taken up postdoctoral positions, for example in the UK at UCL, Imperial College London, the Institute of Neurology and Manchester University; in Europe at Biozentrum, Basel and San Raffaele Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy, Milan; and across the world at Rutgers University, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Boston and the Agency of Science, Technology and Research in Singapore. Some have become medical writers and software engineers or taken up managerial and science positions in hospitals, charities, medical communications and drug development companies; others have progressed to become principal investigators at UCL, Cambridge and New York.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,275 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £5,275 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £24,450 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,780 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,780 European Fees
5 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £12,240 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor?s degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised Master?s degree in an appropriate subject.
  • 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