To initiate an application, you need to complete the forms on the application portal (‘Apply Now’ button on the top of the page). Informative applications specify academic qualification you have acquired or are in the process of acquiring, and including details of prior laboratory experience. We also like to learn what you are hoping this course allows you to achieve in relation to your career aspirations. We welcome references from supervisors who can comment on your prior experience and performance in academic or professional settings. If your prior degree is outside the immediate area of biology or biochemistry (e.g. chemistry, physics), it would still be helpful to know about your prior research experience.
When you complete the application form, you do not need to specify a supervisor or propose a research project. If your academic credentials show that you have met or are likely to meet the academic entry requirements, we ask you, as a second step, to find a supervisor to host you in their laboratory for the research project. While inquiring with potential supervisors, you may be asked for informal interviews. Once agreement on supervision is confirmed by the supervisor, we proceed to extend a formal offer.
You are welcome to inquire informally with potential supervisors before you complete the application form. This is not required but can accelerate proceedings a bit. Supervisors can be in the School of Biosciences, in the various Institutes of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences or elsewhere on the UoB campus, provided the project on offer fits the scientific remit of the course (ie. offers substantial training in molecular and cellular biology).
Please, take a note of the administrative deadlines below. In order to ensure you can be registered in time for the start of the course, you need to submit your application within those time limits.
International students requiring visas
1 July 2023 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2023 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2024.
31 August 2023 is the application deadline for UK students. We are not able to consider applications for 2023 made after this date; a new application will need to be made for September 2024.
Applications for 2023 entry are now open.
Making your application
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages