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Biosciences - BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #10 (QS) London, United Kingdom
This Biosciences - BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences programme from University College London (UCL) is a first-class multi-institutional research environment delivering world-class research in BBSRC's priority areas. 
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Adventurous and forward-looking projects, under-pinned by extensive and relevant postgraduate training, ensure the graduates of this Biosciences - BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences programme from University College London (UCL) that are well equipped to enter the world of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research.

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium is one of the largest BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK. 

Representing an exciting collaboration between six of London's world-class universities and specialist institutions, the consortium provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant cities. 


Recent doctoral graduates from the UCL Division of Biosciences have become researchers at leading UK universities and research centres including UCL, Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, University of Manchester, the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK; or highly reputable international academic institutions such as Cornell University, Yale, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of the Western Cape. Others have begun their careers by joining the Civil Service and National Health Service or they have found senior roles in industry with companies such as Novartis, Cellzoe and Genzyme.


The DTP structure delivers high-quality student training and produces postdoctoral professionals who are comfortable contributing to the expanding range of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research projects in the public and private sectors. 

Furthermore, graduates will be able to exploit their experience of mastering the complexities of cross-disciplinary bioscience research in other fields where large and complex projects and teams must be managed with competence. 

Regular employability seminars allow students to hear from peers, alumni and guest speakers from a range of backgrounds and organisations.


The DTP consortium structure facilitates and promotes interdisciplinary, inter-institutional collaborations with up to 40% of projects on offer providing students with a multi-institutional co-supervisory team. 

Cohort-wide bespoke training and development events, including student research seminars, workshops and an annual retreat, will ensure each individual is exposed to wide range of scientific research principles and practice and to contacts and networks important for their future research and career development.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • Induction
Students have an extensive two-week induction that features events at all of the consortium institutions and provides opportunities to explore, facilities, hear presentations and meet potential supervisors.
  • Rotations
In the first year each student undertakes two four-month rotation projects (October-January, February-May).All rotation projects represent a clearly defined and significant fraction of the work proposed for an entire PhD project.At the end of each rotation students produce a 5000-word report and present their work. These presentation days also serve as a popular inter-cohort social event.
  • Teaching
Friday afternoons are dedicated to the SysMIC course, an eLearning programme that delivers training techniques for interdisciplinary and systems biology researchers.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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:


    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.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.
  • Applicants must be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy (minimum GCSE Mathematics or Statistics or an equivalent, or alternatively a university degree module with a good grade).
  • All students whose first language must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26160 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26160 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Overseas: £13,130 (PT)

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


  • 30 BBSRC Funded Studentships are available each year for UK and EU citizens who meet the BBSRC residency criteria.

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