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The application procedure for postgraduate programmes in the School of Biosciences varies, depending on the particular programme of interest. The information below outlines the procedure to follow for each programme of study.

Taught Master's programmes

Our taught Master's degree programmes are as follows:

MSc Biotechnology and Bioengineering

MSc Cancer Biology

MSc Biomedicine

MSc Infectious Diseases

MSc Reproductive Medicine: Science and Ethics

Application procedure

Applications should be made using the University of Kent online application procedure. Please be aware that each course has their own entrance requirements.

Funded PhD studentships

All of our PhD studentships are allocated to specific 3 or 4 year research projects which are advertised, when available, on the current research projects page on the School of Biosciences website and on

Application procedure

  • Applicants who meet the academic and funding criteria are welcome to apply on line. Please quote the project supervisor’s name in the “preferred supervisor” field and the project title in the “proposed research topic” field. There is no need to enter a research proposal.
  • The application should include a statement in support of your interest in the project and details of your relevant skills and experience.
  • Official evidence of proficiency in the English Language will be required from applicants who are not native English speakers, or do not have a previous qualification from a UK University.
  • Applicants must have, or expect to obtain, at least the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant subject.

Funding and eligibility criteria

Funding is usually provided either by Research Councils or the University of Kent, and each project has its own eligibility criteria and application deadline.

Research Council funded Studentships

These are open to:

  • UK/EU applicants who have been resident or studying in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course.
  • International applicants who have been ordinarily resident in the UK (i.e. not purely for study purposes) for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course and who have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

The studentships cover fees at the rate for Home/EU students and pay an annual stipend.

University of Kent funded Studentships (known as Graduate Teaching Assistantships)

These are open to all applicants but cover fees at the rate for UK/EU students only. International applicants would be liable for the difference between Home and International fees.

Under the terms of a University of Kent funded studentship, the student is required to carry out teaching / teaching support duties within the School of Biosciences. The student will receive no payment for these duties over and above the stipend, currently £14,296 per annum.


Research Master's programmes and self-funded PhD positions

Outside of our advertised funded opportunities (above), all of our Research Groups welcome research applications at any time provided that:

a) the research interests of the applicant are in line with the interests and capabilities of the prospective research group;
b) the applicant has identified a viable source of funding, either private or from an appropriate external source, to which they have access or are eligible to apply.

Before making a formal application please:

  • visit our website at   
  • Identify areas of our current research which are in line with your own interests.
  • Contact the relevant research supervisor/s explaining your interest in their research. Please state whether you are interested in MSc or PhD, your intended start date and your funding situation. Please supply a cv including details of all relevant experience.

If a supervisor is in a position to provide a suitable opportunity for a postgraduate research student, and they feel you would be a suitable candidate, we will invite you to submit a formal application, using the procedure outlined below.


Application procedure

PhD applicants must have, or expect to obtain, at least the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject.
MSc by Research applicants must have, or expect to obtain, the equivalent of a Lower Second Class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Students must also confirm that they are able to fund their studies privately, or provide details of a source/s of funding to which they are eligible apply. These details should include:

  • the name of the funding body
  • a link to the relevant web site
  • eligibility criteria
  • the deadline for applications
  • an outline of the funding provided.

We are always happy to support good applicants in applying for funding from appropriate external sources. However, please note that research applications will not progress without full identification of a viable funding route.

The University of Kent website provides general advice on postgraduate funding opportunities. Please note that, in the School of Biosciences, Research Council funding and University of Kent Scholarships (including Graduate Teaching Assistantships) are always linked to specifically advertised research projects.

For further advice on any of the above please contact the Postgraduate Admissions



Enquiries: Phone: +44 (0)1227 823743

School of Biosciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NJ

Last Updated: 24/01/2018