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CoMPLEX Doctoral Training Centre MRes/PhD Studentships

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Applications for the Mres/PhD in Modelling Biological Complexity are now closed, however applications are currently being accepted for Computational Modelling of Biological Complexity

Those applying for ORS or GRS scholarships need to ensure their fully completed application is submitted to CoMPLEX no later than 1st Feb 2011.

Home, EU and Self funded students' deadline for submitting their application will be 14th Feb 2011.


CoMPLEX is UCL's centre for interdisciplinary research in the life sciences. It brings together life and medical scientists with mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and engineers to apply cutting edge techniques to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine.

CoMPLEX supports the research of over 200 scientists across UCL, provides innovative teaching methods for interdisciplinary research, and maintains strong links with universities internationally and with leading UK research centres. CoMPLEX also runs a Research Associate programme which focuses on fostering the creation of a new generation of future scientific leaders, this includes Research Associates who are part of a larger collaboration with Oxford University and Microsoft Research; 2020science. CoMPLEX students will have the opportunity to work alongside these researchers.

The four-year interdisciplinary MRes + MPhil/PhD programme in Modelling Biological Complexity run by CoMPLEX, trains students to work at the interface between mathematics, engineering, physics, life and medical sciences. The programme is designed for students who wish to develop the skills to apply mathematical, computational and physical science techniques to real biological and medical problems. In this integrated programme, the first year is an MRes year during which students are trained in biological complexity, mathematical modeling of biological systems and advanced experimental techniques. Students will be involved in a range of interdisciplinary research projects that are dual supervised by one academic from mathematical/physical sciences and the other from the life and medical sciences. Supervisors are drawn from 40 departments and institutes across UCL. Students progress after passing the MRes year onto a three-year interdisciplinary PhD that can be drawn from across the biological scales that contribute to biological complexity. The diversity exploits the unique breath of research strength at UCL leading to a wide choice of challenging PhD projects driven by students, which is endorsed by the high output and excellent completion rates of our graduates.

Applications for the 4 year MRes/PhD Programme in Modelling Biological Complexity for 2013 are now OPEN to new applicants.

There are a limited further number of funded UK places available, there will be no deadline, but applications will close when all places have been filled; therefore please apply as soon as possible if you are interested in being considered.
Applications for the 4 year MRes/PhD Programme in Modelling Biological Complexity for Autumn 2013 entry are now closed to new applicants.

Application for 2014 entry will reopen in Autumn 2013.
PhD interests lie within these areas:

  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Integration of Cellular Function
  • Physiological and Neural Systems
  • Evolution and Dynamics of Populations
  • Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Research
  • Cancer Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Modelling Complex Natural Systems
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Modelling Biological ComplexityTo apply you must complete the online UCL graduate application form. Once you have submitted your form it is essential that you email CoMPLEX,, stating your name, your UCL application number (you will find this on the 'Application Completed' screen), and the date you submitted your application.

If you are unable to use the online application process, please apply using the downloadable version of the application form. If you apply in this way, it is essential that you send a copy of your completed form, including copies of any attachments (e.g. references), to CoMPLEX at the address below, in addition to submitting your application to UCL Admissions.

Applicants must have or expect a good upper class 2nd or 1st class degree in any area of the mathematical, physical, computer, engineering or life sciences (or equivalent EU/overseas degree).  For students from the life sciences, some mathematics experience is necessary (e.g. A Levels or higher).

The CoMPLEX Programme is supported by Research Council and charity funding.  Studentship for Home students will be available covering tuition fees and paying a tax-free stipend (2012/13 rate is £17, 090).  For further details of funding for all students please see FAQs.

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