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This Programme aims to train future research leaders to tackle key outstanding questions in biology from a distinctly mechanical perspective. It will train interdisciplinary scientists to develop new techniques, methodologies and analytical tools required to resolve outstanding challenges underpinning Mechanobiology across a broad range of biological themes.
The course is unique to the UK and Europe it will build on current research and is complemented by the establishment of a wider international partnership.
Related course in this area: Biological Physics Across Scales (BiPAS) MPhil/PhD
Duration 3.5 years
Study mode Full-time
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences
Department of Chemistry
Department of Physics
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This doctoral scholarship programme is for physical and biological scientists - physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, microbiologists, biochemists and related disciplines - have an interest in unlocking the complexity and challenges of mechanobiology.
Students will be supported by two project co-supervisors. When possible one will be a physical scientist and the other a life scientist who are both fully committed to an interdisciplinary training approach.
See the mechanics of life programme pages for more information.
Professor Sergi Garcia-Manyes, Director
Doctor Katelyn Spillane, Co-Director
Professor Juan Martin-Serrano
Professor Jody Rosenblatt
Professor Malcolm Irving
Contact email address: Mechanicsoflife@kcl.ac.uk
Applicants must have or be predicted to obtain a BSc with first-class honours or upper division second-class honours (2:1), or a Master's degree with Merit or Distinction. Degrees must be either in a physical sciences subject (such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, or related discipline) or in the biological sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, microbiology).
Please contact us if you are unsure about whether your qualifications are suitable for admission to the mechanics of Life programme.
English Language Requirements
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. The Mechanics of Life doctoral scholarship falls within Band D.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
Submit an online application via King's Apply. For 'Programme Name', enter 'Mechanics of Life Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme (MPhil/PhD)'. Select date / week commencing: 1 October 2022. It is important that you select this programme of study and start date.
Please ensure that you read the ‘how to apply’ guidance document before you apply. Applications that do not follow the steps in the application guidance document will not be considered. Further information on the training programme can be found on the Mechanics of Life programme page.
Please upload a PDF of your personal statement: (i) Why you want to join the Mechanics of Life Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme at King’s College London; (ii) How your experience leading up to now has prepared you to pursue a PhD; and (iii) Your short-term and long-term career goals, and how a PhD will help you to achieve them.
No research proposal is required.
Previous Academic Study
A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents. If you have not yet completed your current degree, you will need to submit an official transcript of your results so far.
Please provide contact details for two academic referees.
Please attach under the Employment History section a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes details of academic and non-academic experience
Please check the Mechanics of Life programme page for application deadlines.
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All studentships are funded awards for 3.5 years and include tuition fees, stipend, and a research and training support grant (RTSG).
Tuition fees: Tuition fees will be fully covered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme at the UK Tuition Fee rate for the duration of the funded period. In exceptional cases International Tuition Fees may be covered by a fee waiver.
Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend at UKRI rates. For 2021/22, the stipend will be £17,609 per annum.
RTSG: A generous allowance will be provided for research-related costs, including consumables, attendance at UK and international conferences, and training.
Eligibility: Both UK and overseas students are eligible to apply. Studentships for international students will be limited in number and competitive, and we encourage strong international candidates to apply.
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