The Department accepts approximately 6-8 PhD students each year, funded from various sources including UK Research Councils, medical charities, industry and overseas bodies. Some studentships are awarded after open competition within inter-departmental programmes while others are allocated for specific projects.
Enquiries may be made at any time but most applications are considered during the period of November to February for projects to commence the following October. There are normally specific application deadlines (in January or February) for MRC studentships available through inter-departmental programmes. Intending applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual Pricincipal Investigators to discuss potential projects and availability of studentships before making a formal application. Details of the Department’s PIs can be found here.
Applicants who are provisionally accepted by the Department will be required also to make a formal application for admission to the University. Further information about this, and a Graduate Studies Prospectus, may be obtained from the University Board of Graduate Studies but there is no advantage in completing a University application form before conditional acceptance by the Department. The Graduate School of Life Sciences also provides much useful information for prospective applicants.
The Board of Graduate Studies
4 Mill Lane
Fax +44 (0)1223 338723