Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


As a PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences, you will become part of a rich research environment at Birkbeck and University College London. The department is part of a multidisciplinary centre for world-class research, the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB), which seeks to integrate techniques from the chemical and physical sciences to provide insight into the molecular basis of biological processes.

Course modules

Our academic staff have many years' experience in teaching both part-time and full-time research students and offer internationally recognised expertise in the following key areas of research: Structural biology; Microbiology; Computational biology; Chemical biology; Cell biology; Biophysics; Biology (organismal).

Assessment methods

PhD students are assessed throughout their studies and are required to meet specific assessment milestones, which include written reports, oral and poster presentations, essays and vivas. The assessment process ensures that you will have the opportunity to develop your eventual thesis, and that guidance and improvement can be provided to you throughout your studies. Once submitted, assessment of the thesis includes an oral viva.

Sponsorship information

As part of the Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) the Department of Biological Sciences attracts funding for PhD studentships that ensure researchers of the highest standard can pursue their research with us. Each year we invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships provided by the BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust and others. Information about funded PhD opportunities within the department is available on the Department of Biological Sciences website. Please note that applicants for studentships must be able to satisfy specific eligibility requirements in relation to qualifications and residency.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time October 2018 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time October 2018 - 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time January 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time January 2019 - 7 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time April 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time April 2019 - 7 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Biological Sciences
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