Ph.D. On Campus

Molecular Cell Biology

University College London (UCL)

48 months
27750 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB) at University College London (UCL) is a Medical Research Council funded institute dedicated to research aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of cell behaviour relevant to human disease.


The four-year Molecular Cell Biology PhD programme at University College London (UCL) provides a broad in-depth training in fundamental aspects of biomedical science. The programme provides students with the opportunity to carry out cutting edge research in an internationally competitive environment. 

First-year rotations through three different laboratories, a bespoke tutorial series and the potential for a ‘fourth rotation’ in either UCSF or Hokkaido University are some of the programme highlights.


Recent graduates have secured positions as research fellows and postdoctoral researchers at leading UK universities including Cambridge and UCL and at overseas organisations such as Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center, USA and the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. Graduates of the programme have also established careers within the scientific technology and pharmaceutical industries.


Throughout the course of the PhD programme students gain a wide range of employability skills, these include but are not limited to, training in presentation skills, computer literacy, reading and analysis of scientific papers, team working, committee membership, event organisation (including outreach events) and cutting edge microscopy training.

Programme Structure

Research areas:
  • Cell Signalling/Transcription
  • Cytoskeleton
  • Membrane Trafficking
  • Growth Control
  • Developmental Biology
  • Neurobiology
  • Immunology
  • Human Disease
  • Clinical Session

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised Master's degree in an appropriate subject.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    27750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 27750 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 48 months.


  • UK: £2,845
  • International: £13,930

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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