UCL Division of Biosciences


PhD Study

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology has a very active MPhil/PhD programme with a range of funding opportunities. We currently have research students from all over the world including the UK, Europe, America, Singapore, Thailand and Israel. Students are regularly monitored by a small committee appointed among experts in the field, which stimulates interactions between laboratories, and excellent courses are offered on generic research and other skills (speaking, writing, imaging, etc.).

Four year PhD studentships include rotations in different laboratories during the first year.

PhD programmes in Cell and Developmental Biology are available for three years in a single laboratory (or five years part-time) - see applicants with independent funding section for more details. There is currently no Departmental funding available for these, but you may apply for a UCL Scholarship.


To register for a PhD you will require one of the following:

  • a UK first degree in an appropriate subject awarded with first or upper second-class Honours, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard from a university or equivalent institution
  • a recognised Master's degree

If you are an overseas applicant you will also require evidence of proficiency in English.
The standard of English expected is the 'good level'.

Funding Opportunities

BBSRC 4 year Studentships For information and contact details on these please follow the link:
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme
Additional Funding Opportunities For PhD research opportunities in all aspects of mitochondrial biology, bioenergetics and metabolism, please read: Further information

UCL Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships awarded through the College - please see the scholarship website and follow the instructions there:

Candidates applying for positions in this Department should send their completed forms to: Debbie Bartram, Graduate Administrator, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Applicants with independent funding

You are welcome to apply and commence studies throughout the year. Please follow steps 1-3:
Step 1:
View the list of academic staff and study their research interests by visiting their web page and looking at some of their publications to decide whether you are interested in the research topics in that laboratory.
Step 2: E-mail your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss possible projects. This will also ensure that they have space for you in their laboratory and that they will guide you in your application.
Step 3: Complete an application form

Select "Division of Biosciences" for the UCL Department you are applying to and "Research Degree: Cell and Developmental Biology" for Programme Title.

Additional information

  • Fees and costs - the Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology is in the Division of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Graduate Prospectus entry - includes sections on networking, career destinations of our students and why study this degree
  • Accommodation

If you have any queries on the PhD Programme or problems with this website please contact Debbie Bartram, Graduate Research Administrator, e-mail d.bartram@ucl.ac.uk or phone 020 3549 5462 (int. 65462).