Biology (Research) Birkbeck, University of London

Awarded by: University of London

As a PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences, you will become part of a rich research environment at Birkbeck and University College London.

The department is part of a multidisciplinary centre for world-class research, the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), which seeks to integrate techniques from the chemical and physical sciences to provide insight into the molecular basis of biological processes.

  • Qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Bloomsbury Campus

  • Start date

    April 2018

  • Duration

    7 years

Course details


Our academic staff have many years' experience in teaching both part-time and full-time research students and offer internationally recognised expertise in the following key areas of research:

Structural biology; Microbiology; Computational biology; Chemical biology; Cell biology; Biophysics; Biology (organismal).

Assessment method

PhD students are assessed throughout their studies and are required to meet specific assessment milestones, which include written reports, oral and poster presentations, essays and vivas. The assessment process ensures that you will have the opportunity to develop your eventual thesis, and that guidance and improvement can be provided to you throughout your studies. Once submitted, assessment of the thesis includes an oral viva.

Entry requirements

Candidates must usually achieve a minimum upper-second class (2:1) UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £2,187 Year 1
International £6,050 Year 1
England £2,187 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2,187 Year 1
Scotland £2,187 Year 1
Wales £2,187 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

As part of the Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) the Department of Biological Sciences attracts funding for PhD studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. Each year we invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships provided by the BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust and others. Information about funded PhD opportunities within the department is available on the Department of Biological Sciences website. Please note that applicants for studentships must be able to satisfy specific eligibility requirements in relation to qualifications and residency.

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