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Guidance for prospective MPhil/PhD students

In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

You will benefit from research supervision from world-leading experts, and the shared research resources of Birkbeck and UCL, primarily through the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a world-leading centre of structural and molecular biology. 

Contact the if you require further information about studying for a PhD in our department.


  • Our termly lecture series - 'Science in the Real World' and 'Methods in Integrative Structural Biology' - provide a wider context for your PhD research.
  • Our PhD students benefit from being part of an active research community, which includes weekly research presentations from students and postdoctoral researchers, and seminars from distinguished scientists from around the world.
  • Each Spring, our Career Track events include talks from industry experts and networking opportunities. 
  • Our MPhil/PhD prospectus page has lots of helpful information about entry requirements, how to apply and finding a supervisor.

Our MPhil/PhD degrees


Thinking of doing an MPhil/PhD? Check the following to find out more about studying in our department and making an application.