Eligibility Criteria

Who should apply?

Chemistry, physics, mathematics and 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.

The entry requirement is a degree in the physical sciences with a minimum 2.1 or above (or equivalent).

How is the studentship structured?

Our studentships are for 4 years, covering the fees and bursary (stipend) for both our one-year MRes Chemical Biology and Bio-Entrepreneurship, followed by a three year PhD, subject to passing the MRes.

Fee status eligibility

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology: Empowering UK BioTech Innovation is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and is subject to their eligibility criteria.

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from October 2021 onwards will become international students, if they do not meet UK fee status eligibility criteria.

In response to this, UKRI have opened up a limited number of UKRI funded studentships to international students. Successful applicants, both home and international, will receive a full studentship award to include a stipend and fees at the home level.

To fund the difference between home and international tuition fees, we have a very limited number of international student scholarships available to support the difference between the home tuition fee and the international tuition fee. This allocation is highly competitive, and we encourage applications.

Overseas/international students are also welcome to self-fund and join our cohorts or apply with scholarships. In this instance, students will need to design their PhD research project with their supervisors. Some scholarship examples are:

UK eligibility

To be classed as a home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

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. Read the terms and conditions
  2. The education regulations 2007. Read the regulations
  3. Training Grant Guide (PDF, 231KB), EPSRC. Read the training grant guide
  4. Imperial College fee status webpages
  5. The UKRI guidance pages announcing the change in international student eligibility


Date last reviewed: 11 March 2024

Date last updated: 11 March 2024