Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
- £22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)
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.
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.
Select your country:
- Biodiversity and environmental biology
- Biology of ageing
- Computational biology
- Evolutionary genetics
- Evolution and development
- Human genetics and human evolution
- Systems biology
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.
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 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)
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.
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
"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 FordGenetics, Evolution and Environment PhD
"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-QuanGenetics and Neuroscience PhD
"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 ZimmerGenetics, Evolution and Environment PhD
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.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now