Structural and Molecular Biology MPhil/PhD
Research areas:The majority of research projects undertaken by our postgraduate students have a strong multi-disciplinary component. However, research activities within the department could be broadly grouped into the following research areas:
- Molecular cell biology and metabolism
- Molecular microbiology
- Structural biology and molecular biophysics.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Physics, Chemistry or similar subjects from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Our studentship places are limited and highly sought after; previous research experience would provide a competitive edge to prospective candidates.
English level expected: Good
ApplicationResearch 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
Students interested in carrying out postgraduate research under the mentorship of a SMB member of staff could gain funding and scholarships through several available routes. There are four-year PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC and NERC as well as BBSRC CASE (industrial collaboration) three- and four-year studentships. There may also be funding opportunities through individual research grants as well as through other programmes such as those offered by CoMPLEX.
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Our recent graduates have become researchers at leading UK universities and research centres including Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, 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 initiated their careers by employment in the Civil Service and National Health Service or they have found senior roles in industry with companies such as Novartis, Cellzoe and Genzyme.
Top career destinations for this programme
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- UCL, Research Fellow, 2011
- MRC Technology, Scientist, 2011
- Mansowa University , Lecturer, 2011
We place a strong emphasis on high-quality student training, interdisciplinary approaches to research, and on providing students with a considerable range of opportunities to develop transferable skills. Our students are highly successful in obtaining research positions in academia and industry due to the range of technical experise that they develop, as well as their strong understanding of fundamental biological processes. They are also successful in gaining positions in other professions which in addition to a scientific background benefit from our students' presentational, communication, numerical and data analysis skills (e.g. clinical trials, knowledge transfer and teaching).
SMB provides a truly international environment as many of our academic and research staff have joined UCL following a career path via other world-recognised research centres. Projects frequently include collaboration with researchers in the UK and abroad and the students are strongly encouraged to present their work at UK and international research conferences. We regularly host lectures by eminent scientists and students have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers over an informal lunch. ISMB research retreats and research symposia provide another avenue for students to network and establish contacts of importance for their future research and career development.
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Degree: PhD (Interdisciplinary Programme in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology)