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UCL Faculty of Engineering 4 Year PhD ProgrammesUCL Bioprocess Engineering Leadership Industrial Doctorate Training CentreUCL CoMPLEX EPSRC and MRC Doctoral Training CentreUK Doctoral Training Centre in Energy Demand Reduction and the Built EnvironmentUCL PhD Centre in Financial Computing
Industrial Doctorate Centre in Molecular Modelling and Materials ScienceDoctoral Training Centre in Photonic Systems Development - Joint with the University of CambridgeUCL SECReT - National UK training centre for security and crime related research degreesUCL Engineering Doctorate in Urban Sustainability & ResilienceUCL Engineering Doctorate Centre in Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation
3 and 4 Year MRes/PhD in Computational Modelling of Biological Complexity

CoMPLEX is UCL's centre for interdisciplinary science that brings life and medical scientists together with mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and engineers to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine. The four-year interdisciplinary MRes/PhD programme in modelling biological complexity run by CoMPLEX, trains students to work at the interface between mathematics, engineering, physics and the life sciences. In this integrated programme, the first year is an MRes year during which students are trained in biological complexity, mathematical modelling of biological systems and advanced experimental techniques.

After successful completion of the MRes year students typically continue for a three year period of research leading to a PhD. At least two of the studentships on offer are co-funded by the UCL Computational Life and Medical Sciences Network and will involve research projects with a distinctly enhanced computational component.

Examples of areas of interest include:

  • Biomolecular Mechanisms
  • Integration of Cellular Function
  • Physiological and Neural Systems
  • Evolution and Dynamics of Populations
  • Cardiovascular Research
  • Immunology
  • Cancer Biology
  • Systems Biology

CoMPLEX has recently been awarded a cross disciplinary research grant called 2020 Science, to produce a new generation of highly computational natural scientists able to apply novel approaches to tackle fundamental problems in science. Students applying to join CoMPLEX in 2012/2013 will be the first to have the opportunity of working alongside these researchers in modelling complex natural systems. In addition, Prof P V Coveney is offering a three-year UCL Impact Studentship, co-funded by Microsoft Research Cambridge, entitled "Dynamic Modelling of HIV Recognition by the Immune System". For more information on this project please visit our advert by clicking here.

At present we can only accept applications for funded places from UK/Home and EU applicants.

Overseas applicants who are self-funding or in receipt of a scholarship are welcome to apply, but are requested to contact CoMPLEX prior to submitting their application.

To apply you must complete the online UCL graduate application form. Please make sure you apply for the 'Research Degree:CoMPLEX', and then make it clear in the personal statement section of the application form, which post you are applying for. Once you have submitted your form it is essential that you email CoMPLEX, complex.admin@ucl.ac.uk, stating your name, your UCL application number, the post you are applying for and the date you submitted your application.

The closing date for the second round of applications is Friday 8th March at 5pm. Your application must be complete by this date, including the receipt of references.

Studentships for Home/EU students will be available covering tuition fees and paying a tax-free stipend (2012/13 rate is £15,090 - £17,090).

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