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Biosciences - BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #8 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The London interdisciplinary doctoral training programme is a first-class multi-institutional research environment delivering world class research in BBSRC's priority areas. Adventurous and forward-looking projects, under-pinned by extensive and relevant postgraduate training, ensure our graduates are well equipped to enter the world of complex interdisciplinary bioscience research.
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Our project portfolio spans a wide range of fields of interest that encompass BBSRC priorities - for example: bioscience underpinning health, animal disease and welfare, plant biology, microbial systems, food security, genes and development, aging, STEM approaches to life sciences, molecular biosciences and industrial technology.

  • 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 facilities 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 training and development events, including student research seminars, workshops and an annual retreat, will ensure each individual is exposed to the wide range of scientific research principles and practice and to establish 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

Courses include:

Year One

  • 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.


Friday afternoons are dedicated to the SysMIC course, an eLearning programme that delivers training techniques for interdisciplinary and systems biology researchers.

In addition to SysMIC training students will choose between two further training courses.

PhD Project 

From year two of the programme students are dedicated to their PhD projects.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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    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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    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

  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Good
  • Our preferred English language qualification is the IELTS Academic Version and we require candidates to achieve the level of 'Good

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24450 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5275 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5275 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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UK/EU: £5,275 (FT) 

Overseas: £24,450 (FT)

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. 
  • Fully funded studentships cover tuition fees and pay a tax-free stipend in the region of £16,057 per annum (exact amount confirmed annually).
  • EU candidates not eligible for fully funded BBSRC studentships may be eligible for fully funded institutional studentships (around five per year) or "fees-only" studentships. More details are available by contacting the Programme Administrator.

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