MRC Prion Unit and Institute of Prion diseases



We invite prospective PhD students to contact us at any time to express interest. For more details contact Prof Parmjit Jat

The Prion Unit will hold a ‘Virtual Open Day’ on 8th November 2021 (1-3pm) to provide an opportunity to hear about the cutting edge research being undertaken within Unit, discuss research opportunities with Senior Scientific Staff and talk with current PhD students. We will also hold an ‘Open afternoon’ for informal visits to the Institute on the 12th November 2021 (2-4pm). All are welcome but please contact Parmjit Jat (email below) to be provided with details on how to join the meeting and to visit the Institute.

For further details about the programme, entrance requirements and how to apply, please contact Parmjit Jat (p.jat@prion.ucl.ac.uk).

More information about the MRC Prion Unit at UCL 4 Year PhD programme can be found here

Programme Overview

Our research facility at the Courtauld Building on Cleveland Street,Central London has state-of-the art-laboratories and is very close to the UCL main campus. Prion diseases are increasingly seen as the key paradigm for neurodegenerative diseases which involve accumulation of misfolded proteins with “prion-like” seeding mechanisms.

Our programmes are highly multidisciplinary offering a student the opportunity to learn about prion biology and neurodegeneration through genetics, cell and molecular biology, structural biology, protein biochemistry, therapeutics and clinical research.

This MRC funded PhD programme is designed to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary training for future careers in science. We welcome applications from students from a variety of backgrounds including biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, biomedical science, chemistry, medicine or a related discipline

Entrance Requirements

We are looking for talented and highly-motivated students who possess, or are expected to gain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or MSc/MRes in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Chemistry, Medicine or a related discipline.

International students (including EU and EEA applicants) are eligible for all UKRI funded postgraduate studentships from 2021 academic year. We therefore welcome applications from both UK and international students.

International students will be eligible for the full UKRI award - both the stipend to support living costs and fees at UCL's UK rate only. For more information on UCL's international fees status, please click here. Please include evidence in your application that you can fund the difference between international and UK fee rates, either from personal funds or another scholarship.

To be admitted onto this programme you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is at the required level. You must achieve at least a standard level of proficiency on the IELTS English language test or an acceptable equivalent. For more information please visit the UCL English Language Requirement pages.


MSc study

MSc students from the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (IoN) may undertake projects at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Prion Unit at UCL. For more information please contact the Institute of Neurology.