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PhD Programme:  Frequently Asked Questions

We hope the following questions and answers will help with any general questions you may have when applying for a PhD position at the LMB.

 

When is the deadline for completed applications for a PhD at the LMB?

US applicants (for US Gates Scholarship funding): 12 October 2016, UK, EU and overseas applicants: 7 December 2016

How do I apply for a PhD position at the LMB?

Please click here to see full details on how to apply.

What are the University of Cambridge entrance requirements?

Please click here for full details.

My first language is not English. What are the language requirements for the LMB PhD programme?

Please click here for details.

I am an overseas student, am I eligible for a full MRC Studentship?

No. The MRC will only fund UK residents and EU students (fees only). However, we do have a small number of LMB Cambridge Scholarships, which you will automatically be considered for.

How much financial support would I need as an overseas student to study for a PhD at the LMB?

The University requires proof that, to cover your expenses for 2017/18, you will have financial support amounting to at least £40,403 per year for the whole course, which includes all fees (click here for details).

I am an EU student, am I eligible for a full MRC Studentship?

Only if you are an EU/EAA national who will have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship. If not, you will only be eligible for an MRC fees-only studentship, which covers University fees and does not provide living expenses. The LMB is able to provide a maintenance allowance for a limited number of EU/EEA students, and EU/EEA students are often successful at gaining external funding.

How much financial support would I need as an EU student to study for a PhD at the LMB?

The University requires proof that, to cover your fees and living expenses for 2016/17, you have financial support amounting to at least £20,726 per year for the whole course (click here for details).

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How much is the MRC Studentship and LMB Cambridge Scholarship stipend?

The LMB will pay an annual tax-free stipend of £16,000 (the LMB will also cover the cost of University fees).

If I am an overseas/EU student and have been employed in the UK for more than 3 years, would I be eligible for an MRC Studentship?

The MRC rules state that EU/EEA citizens must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years prior to the start of the studentship to be eligible for a full MRC Studentship. Overseas citizens must have been resident in the UK for 3 years at the time of application and have been granted UK citizenship, immigrant status, or granted humanitarian protection.

I am only interested in one of the PhD projects available, can I just apply for that?

Yes. We ask that applicants choose up to three projects, not necessarily in order of preference – please specify this when you apply.

Who can provide my two academic references?

Please click here for guidance.

Who can provide a personal reference (needed for those wishing to be considered for an LMB Cambridge Scholarship)?

The personal referee must be able to comment on your academic ability and personal attributes. Most applicants choose either a third academic referee who knows them well, or one of their two academic referees, who can write a second (different) reference letter for the personal reference. Relatives cannot act as personal referees.

If called for interview, will the LMB pay my travel expenses?

Yes, the LMB will pay reasonable travel expenses: up to £100 for UK students; up to £150 for EU students and up to £450 for overseas students, taking into account any other Institutes you may be visiting whilst in the UK, with whom we will share total costs. All claims require receipts.

When and where will the interviews take place?

Interviews will take place at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK) in mid-January 2017.

I have not heard whether I have been invited to the Recruitment Day for interview.

If you do not receive an invitation for interview by email, you must assume that you have not been selected as a potential candidate by any supervisor on your list. Some supervisors have many applications and this can lead to disappointment.

After the PhD Recruitment Day, when will I know whether I have been successful?

We will try to contact all applicants with the outcome within 2-3 weeks of the PhD Recruitment Days.

If successful, when would I start my PhD?

The majority of students start their PhD on 1 October, but it is possible to start in the following January.

For questions and answers relating to registering with the University of Cambridge please click here.