‌‌‌‌‌‌We are recruiting for five PhD places. Our aim is to attract students captivated by the excitement of working at the interface of experimental bioscience/biomedical research and theoretical modelling. The Programme is an interdisciplinary community, welcoming undergraduates from biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, engineering and computing. We are particularly keen to recruit students who have begun to acquire some experience of working at this biological/numerical interface, although we realise that opportunities for this can be limited in many undergraduate degrees. The programme requires at least an upper second degree (or overseas equivalent). Students must also meet the English language requirement of Imperial College.

All applications will be considered equally, irrespective of factors such as including ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age and nationality. Consequently, we are particularly keen to have a diverse cohort of students and encourage applications from minorities and developing countries.

Please note that the content of the MSc course, available projects and supervisors may be different from the information on this web page due to updating the programme and staff changes. In particular certain supervisors may not be able to take on a new student.

Application procedure

To apply, please attach a file that gives the details stated below. This application must arrive by 23:00 GMT on Tuesday 4 December 2018  via e-mail to: wellcome-bioinformatics@imperial.ac.uk.

Please note this is the only means to apply for this programme and you should not send a formal application for postgraduate study to Registry – this will not be a valid application. Details must be complete in order for us to process your application.

We will acknowledge applications via email, and will let candidates shortlisted for interviews know by 18:00 GMT on 4 January 2019 at the latest. If you do not hear from us by 4 January 2019, you have not been shortlisted. 

We plan to hold interviews in the second part of January at Imperial College (with the provisional dates being Monday 21st and Tuesday 22 of January 2019). Please note that the provisional date has been changed from that previously advised. Students from Europe will be asked to attend in person and we will arrange Skype/Phone interviews to candidates outside Europe. At your interview, there will be an informal lunch where you will be able to meet some of the current members of the programme. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding to cover attendance at interview.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions which includes details of the relationship between application for this Programme and for our stand-alone MSc in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Systems Biology.

Details of your application

To apply you must supply the following details in the order specified on no more than two pages and then add a one page personal statement. Please do not use a font small than 11 point. Your application must then be a single file of no more than 3 pages sent as an e-mail attachment. Please do not add any other attachments such as a covering letter, transcripts, references, publication or a detailed research plan. We prefer pdf files but can accept WORD files.

The closing date for applications is strictly 23:00 GMT on Tuesday 4 December 2018. We suggest you do not leave submission to the last minute! The attached file must be called:

“YOUR SURNAME”-“your first name”-WT4-2019-Bioinformatics

For example: SMITH-Jane-WT4-2019-Bioinformatics

Do not ZIP or otherwise encode/compress your attachment. This could result in your e-mail being placed in our spam filter and being ignored.

Personal details (no photograph please)

  • Surname (in capitals) followed by first names
  • Gender (optional)
  • Date of birth (optional)
  • Home address
  • Temporary address
  • E-mail (this will be the only means of communication with you)
  • Mobile phone number (with country code)
  • Other phone number (with country code)
  • Nationality and fee status
  • Country of birth
  • Nationality on passport (if dual give both)
  • Country of domicile
  • Date of arrival in UK if from overseas
  • If you are not an EU resident and national, are there any reasons why you are eligible to pay only home/EU fees at Imperial? (For fee status see Stipend and Fees section.)
  • If you are not a home/EU student for fee status, we have one scholarship to provide the additional fees for an exceptional student. If you are able to fund the difference yourself, please provide full details. Finance must be secured by the date of interview. (For fee status see Stipend and Fees section.)

Higher education

Please give university, subject, degree and dates. If you have not completed your degree, please give full details of your results so far (including degree class) and your expected final degree class and grade. This information is essential.

Secondary/high school education

Please give full details (with dates and grades) of final school examination results (A-level, baccalaureate or equivalent).

Relevant work experience

Please give dates and details.

English language qualification

Please prove full details (qualification, date and grades) of any tests for English Language if these are required for your admission (see English language requirement). If you have not passed the required test, please provide the date when the results will be known. If your undergraduate course was from some countries (see English language requirement) where English is the native language, you do not require any further tests.

Naming referees

Please give full details including e-mail of two referees. We expect at least one referee to be from an academic involved in your undergraduate course. Details of how your referee should submit the reference is given below. We would appreciate if the reference would arrive by 09:00 GMT on Monday 10 December 2018, however late references will be accepted. Obviously references are most valuable in our selection, but your application will still be considered for shortlisting and will be considered equally if we do not have references.

Personal statement

No more than one page, no smaller than 11 point font.

We would like to learn of any interdisciplinary skills at the interface of biology/ numerical/ physical studies you have acquired. Please let us know of any programming experience with details of languages and the projects undertaken. Please indicate your level of mathematics and statistics if this was not your main degree subject. Please outline any research projects or placements. If you have any scientific publication, please provide details. In addition, we would be interested if you have identified a particular area of interest in the course. However, we do not require general statements about why the area is important. Please feel free to add any additional information you consider relevant.

Monitoring Form

To help us monitor equality and diversity, we would be grateful if you would complete our monitoring form which can be downloaded from Monitoring form.  Completion of the form is optional. Please e-mail this as a separate attachment to wellcome-bioinformatics-monitor@imperial.ac.uk . Please do NOT attach this to your application.  The data will be collated and anonymised. The individual forms will be seen only be the administrative staff and not those interviewing or supervising.


For referees - how to submit your reference

It would be most helpful if we obtained your reference by 09:00 GMT on Monday 10 December 2018, but we will accept late references.  We would be grateful if you could comment on the candidate’s suitability for the 4 year Wellcome PhD in Theoretical Systems Biology and Bioinformatics emphasising their potential for scientific research.

In your reference please can you provide us with applicant’s overall ranking within their cohort. We would also be grateful if you could indicate the minimum requirement a candidate would need to achieve to be eligible to undertake a PhD at your institution. In addition, if English is not the native language of the applicant, please comment on the applicant’s ability in written and spoken English.

Please e-mail your reference to wellcome-bioinformatics-ref@imperial.ac.uk and mark the subject line of your e-mail as “Reference” –“APPLICANT’S_LAST_NAME”- “First Name”- “2019”, e.g. Reference-SMITH-Jane-2019

Your response to this request can be in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment and we do not require a signed letter.  Do not ZIP or otherwise encode/compress your attachment as this could result in your e-mail being placed in our spam filter.  However, in addition, you may well be asked later by Imperial’s central admission procedure for a reference and please also reply to this using the procedure they indicate.

If you have any questions, please write to wellcome-bioinformatics@imperial.ac.uk