UCL Division of Biosciences



The Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology provides a stimulating and diverse research and training environment of international standing in cutting-edge, modern Biochemistry. It is home to one of the world's largest academic centres for research in biochemistry with over 30 research groups and 60+ Post-Docs, PhD students and support staff. Our growing and vibrant research community is always looking for the brightest minds.


BSc/MSci Biochemistry

This Biochemistry BSc/MSci degrees offer you the opportunity to look at life at the molecular level, from nucleic acid and protein structure to cell signalling and metabolism, in one of the world’s greatest centres for biochemistry. We have a strong focus on computational analysis using super computers and students have the opportunity to compare some of their research findings to similar studies from around the world. 

Unlike similar programmes, UCL students have the opportunity to undertake two research projects in their third year

The course also features options to extend to a four-year Biochemistry MSci. Unlike similar programmes, UCL students have the opportunity to undertake two research projects in their third year. Fourth-year students are able to choose their own research topics and to lead that research in a working lab.

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BSc Molecular Biology (2nd year entry)


Similar to Biochemistry, Molecular Biology is a look at life at the molecular level but concentrates more on the genome and proteome, structure-function and regulation. 

There is a little less chemistry involved in this subject, but with greater emphasis on the detailed control of gene expression and protein function. It is a major area of biomedical research at both the molecular and cellular levels.

After completing the first year of BSc Biochemistry or BSc Biomedical Sciences, it is possible to transfer on to the BSc Molecular Biology specialist degree.

MRes Biosciences

The MRes in Biosciences provides the opportunity to undertake a major research project in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology or Structural Biology. Students will develop the generic skills required for the written and verbal communication of science. The programme is designed for students who wish to undertake a PhD degree or to convert from other relevant disciplines and for those who wish to enter employment in an advanced capacity in industry or the public sector in the field of Bioscience.

Students can choose to graduate from one of twelve specialist areas which include Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Computational Biology, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology and Structural Biology

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Postgraduate opportunities

SMB PhD Programme

PhD opportunities in structural and molecular biology reflect the specialist research topics of over 30 academic staff conducting world-class research in the department. PhD student projects range from 

Prospective students are warmly encouraged to review the many research topics in the department and to make early contact with academic staff {link to staff} researching areas of particular interest.

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SMB Fellowships

Fellowships are personal awards from an external funder, which support scientists in developing their careers and tackling the major research questions in their fields. SMB supports fellows at both postdoctoral and junior group leader levels.

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SMB Post Doctoral Researchers

SMB is committed to supporting the training and development of our postdoctoral researchers. We provide resources for developing research skills, career development, and funding for current and prospective postdocs. 

We are proud to say that many of our postdoctoral students have gone on to join our community permanently. 

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