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PhD eligibility and application information

Admissions to all ICR research degree programmes are governed by the ICR Admissions Policy (PDF).


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, or have passed an approved English language test (the full visa guidance gives further details).


Applications are currently open for two available projects. Details are given on our main PhD studentships page.

If you meet the eligibility criteria above, please apply via the ICR HR e-recruitment system. The closing date is Thursday 24 August 2017.

The application requires you to nominate two referees, one of whom must be able to comment on your research experience. 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to attend an interview which will assess candidates’ academic abilities and whether they have the energy, enthusiasm and motivation to succeed at PhD level. Please see our what to expect at interview page for further information.

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Contact information

For any queries about studentship opportunities at the ICR, or if you are experiencing any difficulties accessing the online application portal, please email the Registry.

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