Biosciences - BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium PhD

The London interdisciplinary doctoral training programme is a first-class multi-institutional research environment delivering world class research in BBSRC's priority areas. Adventurous and forward-looking projects, under-pinned by extensive and relevant postgraduate training, ensure our graduates are well equipped to enter the world of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 4 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£4,635 (FT)
£21,530 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
23 January 2015

Entry Requirements

This programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary biosciences research. A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a biological, physical, computational, engineering, mathematical discipline or similar subjects from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy.

Our studentship places are limited and highly sought after; previous research experience would provide a competitive edge to prospective candidates.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Our project portfolio spans a wide range of fields of interest that encompass BBSRC priorities - for example: bioscience underpinning health, animal disease and welfare, plant biology, microbial systems, food security, genes and development, aging, STEM approaches to life sciences, molecular biosciences and industrial technology.

Research areas

This BBSRC programme delivers research training that supports the new cross-disciplinary landscape; providing mathematical and computational skills to understand and model biological processes and function, while maintaining at the core, training in world-class bioscience that underpins all living systems.


Studentships for UK citizens living in the UK are available, covering tuition fees and paying a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,590 per year.

EU citizens who have been in the UK for the three years prior to the academic year 2015/2016 are eligible for stipends as well. Fees only studentships (no stipend) are available to EU citizens who have been a resident of the EU but not UK.

Applications from self-funded students will be considered. Students must ensure that they are able to cover the cost of fees and living costs for the duration of the programme.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

SLMS Student Conference Fund

UK, EU, Overseas students

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Recent doctoral graduates from the UCL Division of Biosciences have become researchers at leading UK universities and research centres including UCL, Cambridge, Oxford, 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 begun their careers by joining the Civil Service and National Health Service or they have found senior roles in industry with companies such as Novartis, Cellzoe and Genzyme.


The DTP structure delivers high-quality student training and produces postdoctoral professionals who are as comfortable contributing to the expanding range of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research projects in the public and private sectors. Furthermore graduates will be able to exploit their experience of mastering the complexities of cross-disciplinary bioscience research in other fields where large and complex projects and teams must be managed with competence.

A compulsory three-month internship outside of the partnership will provide students with a greater understanding of how their skills can be applied beyond the academic research sector.


The DTP consortium structure facilities and promotes interdisciplinary, inter-institutional collaborations with up to 40% of projects on offer, providing students with a multi institutional co-supervisory team. Cohort wide training and development events, including student research seminars, workshops and an annual retreat, will ensure each individual is exposed to the wide range of scientific research principles and practice and to establish contacts and networks important for their future research and career development.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our partnership core (UCL and King's) brings together two major international institutions with a broad range of research relevant to BBSRC's remit to which the Royal Veterinary College (RCV), Queen Mary (QMUL), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Birkback College bring specialist fields in which they are world leaders.

By selecting the best elements available from each institution to contribut to the training programme, we offer a truly unique opportunity to our students and a range of over 120 research projects.

Student / staff ratios › 178 staff › 121 taught students › 289 research students

Department: Division of Biosciences

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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


Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

All applicants
23 January 2015
All applicants must complete a UCL graduate student application form.

Please ensure you attach your current CV and complete the personal statement in the online application form stating why you want to join the programme.

Deadline for all applications is 23 January 2015.

For more information see our Applications page.

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