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PhD studentships

Research in the department attracts a wide range of funding and PhD candidates are invited to apply for studentships each year.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be able to satisfy specific eligibility requirements in relation to qualifications and residency. Information about eligibility requirements are given on the more detailed programme pages.


Optimisation of Environmental Control in Museum Collections of Bone and Ivory - applications accepted all year

For full project details and how to apply please refer to the Findaphd listing.

When you're ready to apply you need to do so using the Birkbeck PhD (full-time) application form.
If you wish to discuss the project or your application please contact Dr Marianne Odlyha.

Project summary: This is the first piece of research to address archaeological bone behaviour to fluctuating relative humidity across the spectrum of bone collections held by English Heritage and to apply acoustic emission to these materials. The applicant will work at the interface between conservation science and physical/biological sciences, whilst being exposed to world-class facilities in the centre of London. For the physical/biological sciences the student will have the opportunity to interact with the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology (ISMB) (joint Birkbeck/UCL). For conservation science the student will have the opportunity to interact with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) at UCL

Academics: Dr M Odlyha, Dr D Thickett, Dr L Bozec, Dr K Thompson


Recent studentships - for reference only

Additional Interdisciplinary PhD studentships - applications now closed

These 4-year studentships provide opportunities to join one of the interdisciplinary PhD programmes below in Autumn 2017.

  • ISMB Wellcome Trust 4-year Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
  • BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium


Wellcome Trust 4 year Interdisciplinary PhD Programme - applications now closed

This outstanding PhD Programme in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology is funded by the Wellcome Trust and provides the opportunity to study at UCL, Birkbeck and The Francis Crick Institute.
More about the programme from students and staff [video: 4 mins - works best in Chrome]


UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme - applications now closed

The UCL-Birkbeck MRC Doctoral Training Programme provides state-of-the-art PhD training and exploits the unique research strengths and training infrastructure of UCL and Birkbeck. There are four strategic themes including the Fundamental Mechanisms of Disease.Each theme supports a cohort of PhD students, PIs and training opportunities.


BBSRC funded London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme in biosciences - applications now closed

PhD studentships are available to study within the Department of Biological Sciences which is part of the BBSRC's LIDo PhD programme. This interdisciplinary PhD programme provides the mathematical and computational skills necessary to understand and model biological processes and function, while maintaining the training in world-class bioscience that underpins all living systems. Students complete research training and rotation projects in year 1 before choosing and beginning their PhD project.