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Department of Biological Sciences

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Department of Biological Sciences

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PhD funding opportunities

PhD studentships for 2016/17 funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, MRC and Bloomsbury Colleges are now available. Find out more about the programmes and deadlines.

Athena SWAN bronze award presented to Department at December awards ceremony

Professor Carolyn Moores represented the Department of Biological Sciences to collect the award which recognised the excellent, ongoing work towards best equality practice.

Study with us: part or full time

Birkbeck supports the needs of students who are juggling daytime work or other commitments with evening study. Most of our students study part-time in the evenings, but you can also study with us full-time.

Research excellence

Working in close collaboration with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, the Department is recognised for the excellence and international impact of its research. In the REF2014 the department's joint submission with UCL was ranked as 11th in the UK based on Grade Point Average.

Bacterium’s coiled anchor causes urinary tract infections

Birkbeck/UCL-led research has revealed the flexible, coiled structure used by bacteria to anchor onto the lining of the urinary tract, which allows them to thrive and cause infections.

Chlamydia study leads to better understanding of bacterial infection mechanisms

Molecular nano machines act like mini-syringes when infecting host cells

Professor Moores to join Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s Pool of Experts

Carolyn Moores will be part of the BBSRC Committee that steers funding for the highest quality research.

Studentship opportunities

Research in the Department attracts significant and diverse funding. Find out more about our current PhD studentships.

UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme
Deadline for applications: Monday 15 February 2016

Bloomsbury Colleges PhD studentship
Deadline for applications: Friday 26 February 2016

Additional studentships available to join ISMB PhD programmes
Deadline for applications: Friday 26 February 2016