Research degrees in Biological Sciences

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the UK-wide assessment of university research. We are home to an active and multi-disciplinary research programme. Our research staff are engaged in a wide range of projects across the broad sweep of biological, chemical and psychological sciences.

Our postgraduate research training will give you an extensive grounding in research design, methods, implementation and analysis.  We recruit around 30 PhD students every year.

Our Biological Sciences PhD programme offers students the opportunity to conduct research within a wide range of areas. We have an online list of available PhD projects. Applicants are also encouraged to contact prospective supervisors to discuss potential PhD opportunities within their area of expertise. Information on our research areas can be found on the School of Biological and Chemical sciences research pages. Biochemistry applicants should apply using the biological sciences application forn. 

We advertise a number of funded PhD projects throughout the year. We are also a member of and accept students onto our PhD programme in Biological Sciences via the London NERC and BBSRC LIDo Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

Further information on PhD projects and funding is available on the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

Entry Requirements

Requirements for each PhD project vary but generally we are looking for applicants who hold, or expect to receive:

  • A first or upper second-class honours degree in a relevant subject area. If your qualifications are not from a UK university, QMUL also considers recognised equivalent qualifications from accredited overseas institutions and equivalent professional qualification.
  • A masters qualification is desirable but not always essential.
  • Relevant experience within the field may also be taken into account.

Further information

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences also offer PhD programmes in:

Please visit the School of Biological and Sciences website for information on the application process.


For further advice, please contact:
Frances Healy
Research Services Officer

Apply online