Genetics, Evolution and Environment MPhil/PhD

Research areas:

  • Biodiversity and Environmental Biology
  • Biology of Ageing
  • Computational Biology
  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Evolution and Development
  • Human Genetics and Human Evolution
  • Systems Biology

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IRIS department: Div of Biosciences

Entry requirements

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.

English level expected: Good


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450


Across the division there are three Wellcome Trust four-year programmes and one MRC four-year programme; MRC, BBSRC four-year PhD, BBSRC quota and CASE three- and four-year studentships; NERC; and others. There may also be funding opportunities through individual research grants as well as through other programmes such as those offered by CoMPLEX.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Fees, Costs and Funding page.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at various universities and research institutes across the glove at UCL, King's College London, Universites of California, Michigan, Bristol and Dundee and the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris. Others have entered professional occupations with organisations such as the Zoological Society of London, Natural England and GlaxoSmithKline.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Understanding Animal Research, Policy and Communciations Officer, 2013
  • Mathys and Squire, Trainee Patient Agent, 2012
  • Horizon Discovery, Scientist, 2011
  • UCL Genetics Institute (UGI), Post Doctoral Research Associate, 2011
  • Museum National D'Histore Naturelle, Post Doctoral Research Fellow, 2011


Graduates of our research programmes have followed a diverse range of careers including working in industry in the UK and abroad, science communications officers for charities and in conservation, editorial positions with scientific journals, and postdoctoral researchers in universities and research institutions.


The department maintains tight links with external organisations such as the Natural History Museum, the London Zoo and the Kew Gardens. These organisations are partners in the MRes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation with is coordinated by our department. Such links provide excellent networking opportunities. The department organises visits and seminars of internationally renowned scientists and graduate students have the opportunity to find out and be insipred from reseach carried out in other universities and organisations in with they might choose to further pursue research careers.

Next steps


Ms Manu Davies

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7033


Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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Life Sciences


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"I have attended several conferences/seminars both internally and externally, which have provided excellent opportunities for meeting other researchers in my field. This has been invaluable both for discussing current research and for future opportunities/research areas."

Antonia Ford

Degree: Biological Sciences

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"I enjoy the continual interaction with people of a high intellectual calibre from many different disciplines. At UCL one is in the centre of things"

Dr Jonathan Chubb


Subject: Molecular Cell Biology (Laboratory for), Faculty: Life Sciences