Research course

Structural and Molecular Biology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Physics, Chemistry or similar subjects from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Our studentship places are limited and highly sought after; previous research experience would provide a competitive edge to prospective candidates.

Months of entry


Course content

The disciplines of biochemistry and molecular biology have never been more relevant to the furtherance of our fundamental knowledge and ability to exploit biological systems than in this, the 'post-genomic' era. From the structural biology of proteins and enzymes to the mechanism of amphibian limb regeneration; from the regulation of transcription of genes involved in drug metabolism to the uncovering of gene function in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, from understanding the signalling of insulin receptors to the computer analysis of whole genomes sequences, this department provides an exciting venue in which to realise the promise of these important goals.

Department specialisms

The majority of research projects undertaken by our postgraduate students have a strong multi-disciplinary component. However, research activities within the department could be broadly grouped into the following research areas: Bioinformatics Molecular cell biology and metabolism Molecular microbiology Structural biology and molecular biophysics.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Students interested in carrying out postgraduate research under the mentorship of a SMB member of staff could gain funding and scholarships through several available routes. There are four-year PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC and NERC as well as BBSRC CASE (industrial collaboration) three- and four-year studentships. There may also be funding opportunities through individual research grants as well as through other programmes such as those offered by CoMPLEX.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Ms Manu Davies
+44 (0)20 3549 5460
020 7679 3001