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Structural and Molecular Biology MPhil/PhD

The Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology conducts world-class research in the field of protein science.

We aim to provide a stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing within which important and exciting areas of modern biology, biotechnology and medicine can be investigated at the atomic, molecular, cellular and organism levels.

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 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 language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Funding

Students interested in carrying out postgraduate research under the mentorship of a SMB member of staff could gain funding and scholarships through several available routes. There are four-year PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC and NERC as well as BBSRC CASE (industrial collaboration) three- and four-year studentships. There may also be funding opportunities through individual research grants as well as through other programmes such as those offered by CoMPLEX.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • G-Research, Software Developer, 2012,
  • Algenuity, Research Scientist, 2013,
  • UCL, Research Fellow, 2011,
  • MRC Technology, Scientist, 2011,
  • Mansowa University , Lecturer, 2011,

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).

Why study this degree at UCL?

Student / staff ratios › 32 staff › 0 taught students › 78 research students

Department: Structural and Molecular Biology

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"My time at Royal Free Hospital was an incredibly formative part of my life and in my academic career. The experiences I had in the Srai lab laid a fantastic foundation for the years ahead in academia."

Geoffrey Abbott

Subject: Biochemistry 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.

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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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