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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.

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. 

If you are also applying for Targeted and iCase studentships, a list of projects 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 as a gathered field after the closing date in December. Successful applicants will be notified in January and invited to attend an interview, which 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. If you are applying for a targeted and/or iCase project, include the project code and a statement of your interest in each project.
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)
    Please state your career goals and include any additional information to support your application.
  • Project title (M)
    If you are interested in being considered for the Standard DTP studentship only, add 'Standard' to the text box. If you are interested in being considered for an iCase and/or Targeted project, please insert the project codes in order of preference. You can choose up to 2 projects from the list available at: You can apply for a Standard DTP studentship and 2 projects. If you want to do this, please insert 'Standard' and the projects codes in order of preference.
  • BBSRC DTP - 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.

How to Find a Supervisor

If you are interested in applying for a Targeted and/or iCase project you must contact the project supervisor in advance of submitting your application to discuss the project.

If you are applying for a Standard studentship only - there is no need to contact a supervisor in advance of submitting your application. 

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

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. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.