Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.
Individual programme fees are linked above. For detailed information on fee status, policies, payment and funding opportunities see:
Students may incur additional costs when studying. For example this may be for field trips, course equipment, or specialist fees.
Most laboratories require a bench fee of up to £2,000 per year. This cost may be covered in Research Council studentships.
The Institute of Cell Biology (ICB), including the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology and its specialist PhD programme, hosts 34 laboratories carrying out world-class research into fundamental mechanisms relating to cellular function. A significant proportion of our research involves systems biology approaches and mathematical modelling.
A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject. Typically, candidates have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some research experience.
To discuss your PhD proposal, you should identify potential supervisors from the School of Biological Sciences.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
Detailed advice for international students is available here:
If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.
Our research groups comprise one of the largest communities of cell biology researchers in the UK. Many of our staff are Fellows of the Royal Society and acknowledged leaders in their field.
Most PhD students who train at the ICB continue with their academic career or join research in the industry, often becoming independent group leaders.
We offer a wide scope of projects covering different areas of cell biology, including:
A variety of courses in microscopy, bioinformatics and proteomics are available to all our PhD students.
Our students learn through a hands-on, laboratory-based project as well as guided reading, one-to-one supervision, group seminars and workshops. Students are assigned a supervisor and a thesis committee but are also encouraged to develop independent lines of enquiry. A programme of transferable skills courses facilitates broader professional development.
The ICB provides an exceptional working environment. The Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology is home to the Central Optical Instrumentation Laboratory (COIL), while image analysis at the boundary of biology and physics is provided through the nearby Collaborative Optical Spectroscopy Micromanipulation & Imaging Centre (COSMIC).
The ICB is proud of its cutting-edge proteomics facility and automated drug-screening platforms which facilitate discovery of new molecules that impact on cellular functions.
A number of highly competitive research scholarships are available each year to new postgraduate research students.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for other funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013