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PhD eligibility and application information

Admissions to all ICR research degree programmes are governed by the ICR Admissions Policy (PDF) and the Appeals and Complaints Procedure for Applicants (PDF).

Specific additional eligibility criteria may apply depending on the PhD programme. Please check each programme page.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for a PhD at the ICR, you must possess or expect to obtain a degree in a relevant subject – either an undergraduate degree (at UK First or Upper Second class honours level, or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard) or a Master’s degree (either a UK Master’s or an overseas qualification of equivalent standard).

If you have not yet completed the relevant qualification then you are expected to be in your final year of study, and to nominate an academic referee from your institution who can confirm the classification you are on track to achieve. Note that our standard expectation from undergraduate study is a First, but we will consider candidates with a good Upper Second.

Candidates are also expected to have experience of relevant laboratory or research work. One of your referees must be able to comment on your research experience.

Candidates whose first language is not English must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English to the equivalent of an IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6 in any one component. Students without a valid IETLS score should have either education experience in English (minimum 1 year) or work experience (minimum 18 months), and be able to satisfy Home Office visa criteria where necessary.

Please note the Home Office visa criteria for English language eligibility is either for applicants to be from or have studied an appropriate academic qualification in a majority English-speaking country (see Tier 4 (General) student visa) or have passed an approved English language test (the full visa guidance gives details of countries that are recognized as majority English speaking countries).

Specific additional eligibility criteria may apply depending on the PhD programme. Please check each programme page

Application deadline closed

Applications are now closed for the ICR’s main annual recruitment round, which runs each autumn. Details are given on our main PhD studentships page, for PhDs commencing from October 2018.

The application form required you to nominate two referees, one of whom must be able to comment on your research experience. We will request references from these referees immediately when your application is submitted, and will not consider applications without references.

You are strongly advised to also ask your referees to respond promptly to us, and to submit your application well before the closing date to give your referees more time.

Key dates

The deadline for their references will be Monday 27 November 2017.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted between 15 and 22 December 2017 and invited to a two-day recruitment event, including interviews, on 29 and 30 January 2018.

This will assess candidates’ academic abilities and whether they have the ability, enthusiasm and motivation to succeed at PhD level. Please see our ‘what to expect at interview’ page for further information.

Other future studentships

The next main recruitment round after this will be in autumn 2018, for studentships to start in 2019.

Some additional positions may be advertised outside of this period as they become available.

Contact information

For any queries about studentship opportunities at the ICR, please email registry@icr.ac.uk

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