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Genetics, Evolution and Environment MPhil/PhD

Undertaking a PhD in the Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment (GEE) provides training and expert knowledge in a specialised field of research. As well as facilitating your studies, we also recognise the importance of obtaining a broader skill set, and the programme provides key transferrable skills for future employment.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

UK/EU:
£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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.
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

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 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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Overview

GEE is a centre of excellence for environmental and biological science research. Our department brings together scientists with expertise in biodiversity, ecology, genetics, evolution, palaeobiology, computational biology, development biology, biology of ageing and genome regulation. Through our participation in a diverse suite of doctoral programmes, we offer a number of PhD projects in these areas.

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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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.

Careers

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

Top career destinations for this degree

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

Employability

Our PhD students can access a range of courses that enable them to advance their knowledge, particularly in key areas 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 at local meeting and on the international stage. In addition to outstanding research training, UCL offers numerous courses designed to improve communications skills, as well as career guidance.

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?

Our students gain a valuable range of transferrable 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.

Student / staff ratios › 55 staff including 42 postdocs › 72 research students

Department: Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Degree reviews

Student review

"I have attended several conferences and 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 andresearch areas."

Antonia Ford

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

Genetics and Neuroscience PhD
Student review

"The availability of DNA and RNA sequencing data makes modern evolutionary biology for me one of the most exciting areas to work in. At UCL I have had the opportunity to participate in international conferences, which was a great learning experience. I also organise an introductory course on scientific programming for the UCL Doctoral School, where I get to meet many interesting students from a diverse background."

Fabian Zimmer

Genetics, Evolution and Environment 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.

Application deadlines

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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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