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Applications from Home (UK) & EU Students

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 APPLICANT PORTAL 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. Studentships will be advertised here:

University of Cambridge Fee Status information here:

Enquiries can also be made by email to (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 2016. 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:

The first 6 months is spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (New Ways of Working) and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the partner organisations, before progression to a PhD project. An exciting element of the programme is a three-month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, including industry, the media, charities, education and government

UK 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 UK 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.

The course code for the PhD (Probationary) in Pharmacology is BLPH22.

All EU candidates seeking funding should use the APPLICANT PORTAL to apply to the Gates Cambridge Trust ( 7th December 2016) and other centrally- available funds (including the Cambridge Trust if they are seeking support from any Cambridge source.