If you are likely to graduate with a good honours degree (2.1 or better), and are interested in studying for a PhD in Cambridge please apply via the route described below (Admission to the University) using the GRADSAF application procedure.
The Department has limited access to funding and is able to award Research Studentships to Home students when the funding is available. Research Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis and are funded by the research councils, charities, and sometimes by industrial sponsors.
Home and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at
with University of Cambridge Fee Status information here:
Enquiries can also be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or directly to the proposed supervisor in the case of specific details about the project offered).
BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
The University of Cambridge is offering up to 30 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2015. A wide range of projects are available across many world-class departments (including the Department of Pharmacology) and research institutes under the four broad themes of:
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
- Bioscience for Health
- World-Class Underpinning Bioscience.
The first year takes the form of a structured programme of tailored training courses and two laboratory rotations before progression to the three-year PhD. A new element of the programme is a three month internship which is held outside the laboratory.
UK students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship. EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will also be eligible for a full studentship. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for BBSRC funding can be found at:
We encourage students who are interested in a research area that is eligible for BBSRC funding to apply for the DTP programme. Detailed information on application can be found here:
Students can apply to the DTP and also the Department for a PhD, however two separate applications will need to be made and therefore would incur two application fees.
The BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD course code is BLBB22.
All EU candidates seeking funding should use the GRADSAF to apply to the Gates Cambridge Trust (http://www.gatesscholar.org/; deadline 2nd December 2014) and other centrally- available funds (including the Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme (CHESS) http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/studentregistry/fees/funding/chess/) if they are seeking support from any Cambridge source.