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Quantum Biology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #267 (QS) Guildford, United Kingdom
The Quantum Biology programme at the University of Surrey gives you the opportunity to undertake an interdisciplinary research programme in a theoretical or experimental area of the discipline. 
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Overview

Why choose this course

Recent research suggests that quantum mechanics appears to play an important role in many biological processes such as photosynthesis, enzyme action and mutation. This emerging and exciting discipline – known as quantum biology – could hold the key to new approaches in solar energy, drugs and diagnostics, or might even improve our understanding of how the brain works. It is also shedding light on the conceptual foundations of quantum theory.

University of Surrey is uniquely placed to offer a PhD in Quantum Biology. We are home to the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre for Quantum Biology – the first centre of its kind in the world. As well as standard biological and physics resources, our PhD students also have access to advanced spectroscopy, ion beam proton irradiation, nanotechnology and mass spectrometry facilities within our Advanced Technology Institute, and additional facilities at our partner institute, the National Physical Laboratory.

What you will study

As a PhD student you will become part of Surrey’s Leverhulme Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum biology, putting you at the heart of a community of academics, postdoctoral researchers, and guest scientists. In the first year, you will embark on a training programme of interdisciplinary seminars and workshops that are designed to ‘fill in the gaps’ in physics for biologists and in biology for students from a physical science or mathematics background.

You’ll be co-supervised by academics who are experts in their areas of research and will guide you through your PhD. These academics are from a range of departments across the University including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computing and Biosciences, as well as the Advanced Technology Institute. They will help you define the objectives and scope of your research and help you learn the experimental, theoretical and computing skills you will need to complete your research. You will normally meet with your supervisors every week or every other week.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Molecular mechanisms of mutation
  • Enzymes
  • Olfaction
  • Nanobiotechnology
  • Synthetic biology
  • Magnetoreception

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    88

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    58

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21400 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Guildford

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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