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The Francis Crick Institute

Studying at the Crick

The Crick provides an exciting opportunity for students to engage in real scientific research. For students still completing their undergraduate degree courses, there are opportunities for Sandwich and Summer placements and for those considering continuing their studies further, there is the PhD Programme.

The experience gained on any of these programmes held jointly between Crick and King’s, will provide a solid foundation for any future research career.

Study opportunities at the Crick

PhD Programme

The Francis Crick Institute runs a four-year PhD programme, which aims to attract outstanding scholars both nationally and internationally.

There have been eight selection rounds for Crick PhD students since 2014.

As of spring 2022, there are over 50 Crick PhD students registered at King’s following the Crick PhD programme. The Student Spotlight and 5 Minute Interview pages provide an insight into what it is like to study at the Crick. 

All students will register at one of the partner universities; this unique opportunity gives each student access to King’s sites, its extensive research facilities, and training courses both formal and social.

Please visit the Francis Crick Institute website to find out more about the programme.

Summer Student Programme

The Crick Summer Student Programme provides a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates considering a career in research, to work on a short, challenging project during the summer.

  • This is an 8 week placement at the Crick for students registered at a UK university, who are at the end of the second or third year of a relevant Bachelors, Masters or MBBS or Medical degree.
  • The programme typically runs between on July and August.
  • For more information please go to the Crick website

Sandwich Student Programme

The Crick offers 12 month a small number of Sandwich Placements to high calibre students who have completed their second year of undergraduate study in a relevant subject at a UK university.

  • These placements are an opportunity for a motivated student to work in a real laboratory environment and to gain solid research experience that could point to a future career.
  • For more information please go to the Crick website


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