Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology - Wellcome Trust PhD


Research areas:

This unique programme offers opportunities to study at UCL, Birkbeck College and MRC-NIMR. Students are exposed to a wide range of training in all aspects of structural, molecular and cellular biology, chemical biology and the computational tools necessary to address important problems in biomedicine.

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IRIS department: Div of Biosciences


Entry requirements

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

Application

Instructions on applying for this programme can be found here.

Fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900

Funding

Successful applicants will receive a four-year Wellcome Trust PhD studentship including a tax-free maintenance stipend of £22,278 per annum (2014/15 rate) and tuition fees paid in full at the home/EU rate. For full details see the Wellcome Trust website.

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


Career

Please see the Wellcome Trust website for destination details of Wellcome Trust PhD students.


Employability

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).

Networking

ISMB 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.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Manu Davies

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7033

W: Structural and Molecular Biology

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