Ph.D. On Campus

Biological Science (EBI)

University of Cambridge

36 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Biological Science (EBI) PhD Programme, offered at The University of Cambridge, provides students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science.


Characterised by first-class training, internationality, dedicated mentoring and early independence in research, it is among the world's most competitive PhD training schemes in molecular biology. All of EMBL's six outstations participate in the Biological Science (EBI)  programme offered at The University of Cambridge.


EMBL-EBI provides a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary environment in which research and service provision are closely allied. 

We are a world leader in bioinformatics research and service provision, as we are at the centre of global efforts to collect and disseminate biological data. We share a campus with the Wellcome Sanger Institute, 12 miles south of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • EMBL Predoctoral Core Course in Molecular Biology in Heidelberg
  • Primers for Predocs
  • nomination of a thesis advisory committee to monitor student progress, and submit and defend a project proposal.
  • students will need to submit a second annual report to the thesis advisory committee, participate in the Bioinformatics course and predoc seminar day.
  • students will need to submit a third annual report to the thesis advisory committee.
  • students will need to write and submit their thesis:  PhD awarded following Degree Committee approval and successful completion of an oral examination.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Statement of Interest (M)
  • Research Proposal (O)
  • Proposed Supervisor (O)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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