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PhD eligibility and application information

Admissions to all ICR research degree programmes are governed by the ICR Admissions Policy and Procedure (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.


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 any additional PhDs commencing from October 2018 which may become available.

Other future studentships

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

Contact information

For any queries about studentship opportunities at the ICR, please email [email protected]

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