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Graduate Admissions

In view of the COVID-19 public health emergency we may need to make changes to the course details outlined on these pages. Offers holders will be notified of changes. Please see this page for further information.

Course closed:

Biological Sciences is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £60 application fee
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

The deadline for  BBSRC DTP Programme is 6th December 2018. Further calls for applications may be opened should additional funding opportunities arise and these will be advertised on our website:

Please indicate in your statement of interest/reasons for applying which BBSRC research theme you would like to apply to – you can apply for more than one theme; however, you must choose at least one. Students are not normally allowed to change theme, so we encourage you to read about each theme and research conducted at the University before choosing a theme. Academics must be associated with the DTP Partnership in order to supervise a DTP student.

This course is part of a scheme within the Graduate School of Life Sciences which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £60 application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here

Selection Process

Applications are considered together after the closing date at the beginning of December. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of January and invited to interview at the end of the month.

Where additional funding opportunities arise these will be advertised and the deadline and selection process will be made clear to applicants. 

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (2500 characters)
    Please state the BBSRC strategic Theme(s) you are applying to ( and summarise your research experience.
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
    Please state your reasons for applying, career goals and any additional information to support your application.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Dec. 7, 2018
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018