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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Biological Sciences is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

The application deadline for the BBSRC DTP Programme is 1st December 2022.

Please indicate which BBSRC research theme(s) you would like to apply to in your statement of interest. You can apply for more than one theme, however, you must choose at least one. Once recruited to a theme, students are not normally allowed to change theme, so we encourage you to read about each theme in advance of applying. Project suggestions (for targeted and iCase studentships) can be found on the BBSRC-DTP website.

For further details on the application process, please refer to the Cambridge Biosciences BBSRC DTP website.

Selection Process

Applications are considered together after the closing date at the beginning of December. Successful applicants will be notified in December and invited to interview in early January. Interviews will be held via Zoom.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (2500 characters)
    Please state the BBSRC strategic Theme(s) you are applying to ( and summarise your research experience.
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
    Please state your reasons for applying, career goals and any additional information to support your application.
  • Project title (M)
  • Extra materials
    Widening Participation: We are working to improve contextualised understanding of the applications we receive. This course is piloting a mandatory supplementary application form. For more information about what the pilot aims to do and how your data will be used, please see here:

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

School of the Biological Sciences This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.