Graduate Tutor, Division of Medicine:  Prof Robin J McAnulty

Deputy Tutor, WIBR: Dr Andrei Okorokov 
Tel: 020 7679 0959 Email:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Teaching Administrator: Tricia O’Dell  
Tel: 020 7679 0752 Email: tricia.o'

Most PhD places at UCL are now administered via 4-year PhD programmes with a taught element in the first year, plus three 3-month "rotation projects" in different labs, prior to the student's deciding on a lab and project for the final three years. Prospective students must apply to these programmes directly, naming one or two preferred supervisors who are participants in the programme.

There are also a few traditional 3-year studentships available through specific medical charities e.g. the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society  Applications for these involve a short project proposal (grant application) to the charity from the student and his/her chosen supervisor.  They do not include a specific taught element (other than the taught credits required of all PhD students at UCL) and they do not involve lab rotations.

Some options for obtaining a PhD position at the WIBR are shown below:

Internal UCL schemes

Externally-funded PhD Programmes

Apply for a four-year PhD studentship in the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and select the lab where you choose to spend the final three years of your PhD after your 1st year of lab rotations

These and other programmes in the School of Life and Biomedical Sciences at UCL are listed at: 

  • Neuroscience: neural computation, neural signalling, neural plasticity, neurochemistry, neurodegeneration
  • Molecular neurobiology and nociception
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • DNA replication and human disease
  • Molecular mechanisms of cancer
  • Stem cell biology
  • Biological and medicinal chemistry
  • Molecular and cellular biology of pain

See our Research pages for further information and to be introduced to our Principal Investigators.

The WIBR provides an excellent, supportive training environment for postgraduate research students.  Our strength lies within the multidisciplinary approaches used to underpin research in biological function, development and disease processes.

At any one time there are 20-30 postgraduate students in the WIBR studying towards their PhD, MD(Res) or MB-PhD.  Students in the programme are expected to attend and contribute to research seminars, take advantage of skills and training courses provided and become involved with the postgraduate student society run in conjunction with the UCL Cancer Institute.

WIBR postgraduate students have the advantage of a full-time postgraduate tutor who provides mentoring and pastoral care.  The tutor organises meetings on a monthly basis to discuss student-related issues, hold informal student research seminars and listen to speakers invited by the students.  The students provide feedback to the staff via the graduate tutor or through our staff-student consultative committee.