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Genetics, Evolution and Environment MPhil/PhD

Undertaking a PhD in the department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) will not only provide training and expert knowledge in a specialised field of research, but, we also recognise the importance of obtaining a broader skill set to not only facilitate your studies but to provide transferable skills for future employment. UCL offers numerous courses designed to cater for improving communications skills, as well as career guidance.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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.

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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Overview

GEE has a diverse community of PhD students undertaking research across many biologically related disciplines led by internationally recognised researchers. We have excellent links with London research institutions such as The Natural History Museum, The Institute of Zoology, as well as being part of many UCL led centres such as the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER), CoMPLEX, Institute of Healthy Aging (IHA) and the UCL Genetics Institute.

Research areas

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

Funding

Across the division there are three Wellcome Trust four-year programmes, one MRC four-year programme and BBSRC and NERC four-year PhD programmes. 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.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

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

Employability

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.

Networking

PhDs offered by our department cover a broad range of topics so that students gain a valuable range of transferable skills. The doctoral training centres specifically encourage an inter-disciplinary experience for PhD students, ensuring a broad skill set designed for academic life as well as non-academic related careers. Our PhD students can access a range of courses that enable them to advance their knowledge, particularly in key areas such as statistical and numeracy skills that are highly desirable in the workplace. In addition, our research students receive appropriate training not only in technical skills, but also in personal skills and are actively encouraged to present their work.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The diverse biological research conducted at UCL enables our students to develop a broad range of interdisciplinary skill sets and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Our central London based campus places UCL in close proximity to world leading biodiversity and conservation institutions - The Natural History Museum and The Institute of Zoology with whom we have excellent links.

Student / staff ratios › 35 staff › 0 taught students › 73 research students

Department: Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Degree reviews

Student review

"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

Subject: Genetics, Evolution and Environment PhD
Student review

"UCL is simply one of the best academic and research centres in the world. My experience doing research at UCL has been extremeily gratifying. I have been able to do every experiment I had ever thought off. I am very happy how people welcome ideas, no matter where you come from or what is your expertise. If the idea is grounded, your experiment will be taken into consideration."

Jorge Ivan Castillo-Quan

Subject: Genetics and Neuroscience PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Who can apply?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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