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Postgraduate Admissions

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 £70 application fee. Further information on application fees 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.

European Bioinformatics Institute is an outstation of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). For this course, it is necessary to apply first via the EMBL International PhD Programme and subsequently to the University of Cambridge.

To apply for a funded place through the EMBL International PhD Programme please apply directly to EMBL-EBI, follow the link for further information.

For information on the programme and how to apply, please refer to the European Bioinformatics Institute website.

This course is part of a scheme within the Graduate School of Life Sciences which enables three applications to be made with payment of a single £70 application fee. A list of other eligible courses and further information can be found here.

Selection Process

Please note that applications submitted directly to EMBL-EBI are not applications to the course through the University of Cambridge admissions portal and students who are successful in gaining a funded place through EMBL-EBI will also be required to submit an application through the University’s Application Portal.

Applications are considered as part of a gathered field (i.e. all applications are considered together after the closing date). Please see our PhD recruitment website and EMBL for more information on funding deadlines.

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 (M)
  • Research Proposal (O)
  • Proposed Supervisor (O)

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

A list of recruiting Group Leaders and further information on available research topics can be found on the European Bioinformatics Institute website.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

European Bioinformatics Institute

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2020
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2021
Course Starts
April 17, 2021

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

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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