Ph.D. On Campus

Mechanistic Biology

University of York

48 months
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This prestigious Mechanistic Biology programme from University of York brings together the very best molecular, chemical and cellular bioscience research across the White Rose Consortium of Universities (Leeds, Sheffield and York).


Key Features

By mapping on to the research themes of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, you'll benefit from a regional doctoral training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim of the Mechanistic Biology programme from University of York is to enable you to develop a range of research skills in biological and biochemical areas as well as equip you with core mathematical, data analysis and generic professional skills that are necessary for bioscience research in the coming decades.

At York, the White Rose DTP brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry spanning different research centres:

  • Biological Physical Sciences Institute
  • Centre for Novel Agricultural Products
  • Jack Birch Unit for Molecular Carcinogenesis
  • York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis
  • York Structural Biology Laboratory
  • York Environmental Sustainability Institute
  • York Biomedical Research Institute

Programme Structure

  • Our White Rose DTP programme in Mechanistic Biology offers projects aligned with the BBSRC strategic priorities in food security, bioenergy and industrial technology, and world class bioscience. Discover the range of PhD projects undertaken as part of the White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology
  • Please try to identify a research project that suits you, which should ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. You can select up to three projects, however we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you rank projects in order of preference. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK and are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international (EU and non-EU) applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.  
  • You can apply if you have, or are expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this programme we welcome applications if your background is in any biological, chemical or physical science or mathematics and are interested in using your skills in addressing biological questions. 

Tuition Fee

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    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.
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    Based on the tuition of 0 GBP per year during 48 months.

The studentships are fully funded for four years and you must complete your PhD in four years. 

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 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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