Who should apply?

  1. Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics & Engineering graduates who wish to learn how to apply their physical sciences skills to biological problems. Students from biological or medicinal backgrounds are usually not eligible. If in doubt, please contact us. 
  2. The entry requirement is usually a good Masters degree in the physical sciences (2.1 or above (or equivalent)). 

How is the studentship structured?

Our studentships are for 4 years, covering the fees and bursary (stipend) for a one-year MRes course in Chemical Biology & Bioentrepreneuship, followed by a three year PhD, subject to passing the MRes.

Eligibility Further Information

Stipend

There are two types of studentship award – this covers the cost of approved tuition fees and provides a stipend:

  • A full studentship award – this covers the cost of approved tuition fees and provides a stipend
  • A fees-only studentship award – this excludes funds for a stipend

The Research Council Doctoral stipend for the academic year 2019/2020 includes

  • National Minimum Doctoral Stipend of £15,009 + £2000 London allowance
  • Tuition fees of £4,327

The stipend increases annually in line with the GDP deflator, and is secured for each studentship for 4 years (1 year MRes + 3 year PhD).

UK Eligibility

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology: Innovation in Life Sciences is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and, in short, the following eligibility rules apply for UK students:

Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

For purposes of residence requirements, the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (i.e. the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).

For a full description on eligibility criteria, please read the following documents and guidelines:

  1. Terms and conditions of training grants (PDF, 852KB) (April 2018), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/news/training-grants-january-2018-pdf/
  2. The education regulations 2007: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/779/pdfs/uksi_20070779_en.pdf
  3. Training Grant Guide (PDF, 231KB), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/
  4. Imperial College Fee Status assessment process, Imperial College London, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/fees/fee-status/ and https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/apply/public/Fee-Status-Guidance-Notes.pdf

EU Eligibility

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology: Innovation in Life Sciences is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and, in short, the following eligibility rules apply for EU students.

To be eligible for a full studentship award:

  1. There is a small percentage of full studentships (fees+ bursary) available for EU citizens classified as EU-fee status by Imperial College. This allocation is highly competitive, and we encourage you to apply.
  2. If you have a non-British European passport, are settled in the UK and you have been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the five-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course, College will normally classify you as UK-fee status.

To be eligible for a fees only award:

  • Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award.
  • To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

For a full description on eligibility criteria, please read the following documents and guidelines:

  1. Terms and conditions of training grants (PDF, 852KB) (April 2018), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/news/training-grants-january-2018-pdf/
  2. The education regulations 2007: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/779/pdfs/uksi_20070779_en.pdf
  3. Training Grant Guide (PDF, 231KB), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/
  4. Imperial College Fee Status assessment process, Imperial College London, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/fees/fee-status/ and https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/apply/public/Fee-Status-Guidance-Notes.pdf

England has confirmed the same funding package, as for 2018/19 and before, for EU students commencing study in 2019/20. This means they will "be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as is available today" - see England's published 2019/20 statement. This published statement was added to by a ministerial statement in parliament on the same day, in which it was indicated that family members are included in these provisions - see England's ministerial 2019/20 statement. On 21 January 2019, a representative of England's Department for Education confirmed to us that its "assurances are not altered if the UK leaves the EU without a deal: EU nationals (and their family members) who start a course in England in the 2019/20 academic year or before will continue to be eligible for home fee status and student finance support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, provided they meet the residency requirement". https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Government-Student-Support#layer-6229

Overseas Eligibility

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology: Innovation in Life Sciences is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and funding is not eligible for students with overseas-fee status. You are however welcome to self-fund and join our cohorts or apply with scholarships, some examples are:

For a full description on eligibility criteria, please read the following documents and guidelines:

  1. Terms and conditions of training grants (PDF, 852KB) (April 2018), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/news/training-grants-january-2018-pdf/
  2. The education regulations 2007: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2007/779/pdfs/uksi_20070779_en.pdf
  3. Training Grant Guide (PDF, 231KB), EPSRC, https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/publications/rcuk-training-grant-guide-pdf/
  4. Imperial College Fee Status assessment process, Imperial College London, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/fees/fee-status/ and https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/study/apply/public/Fee-Status-Guidance-Notes.pdf