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Biological Physics Across Scales (BiPAS) MPhil/PhD

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BiPAS is a multi-disciplinary doctoral training programme in biological physics. King's College London Biological Physics Across Scales Centre for Doctoral Training (BiPAS CDT) is a new postgraduate training programme funded by the King's Centre for Doctoral Studies.

Our focus is to understand how complex macroscopic phenomena—observed at scales appropriate to tissue, organism, or even population—arise from mechanisms at the cellular, molecular, and atomic level. This programme will give students the tools and skills they need to integrate knowledge across different length and time scales to bring new understanding to the mechanisms underlying the physics of life. ​

 Visit the BiPAS project pages to find out more about the range of projects available.

Please read instructions on how to apply here.  

Key information

Duration 3.5 years

Study mode Full-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Chemistry Department of Physics



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This CDT is for physical scientists - physicists, chemists, mathematicians, and related disciplines - who are fascinated by the complexity of biological systems. All students will be co-supervised by a physical scientist and a life scientist for truly interdisciplinary training at the physics-biology interface. You will develop experimental and theoretical/computational methodologies to gain insight into fundamental unanswered questions in biology, in fields ranging from immunology to stem cell biology to neuroscience. Ultimately, you will be trained to work successfully across the boundaries of traditional disciplines, scales, and methodologies and bring your expertise and innovation skills into the thriving and expanding life sciences realm, both in academia and industry.


Visit the BiPAS project pages to find out more about the range of projects available. 

Management Team

Prof. Sergi Garcia-Manyes - Director, BiPAS

Prof. Carla Molteni - Deputy Director, BiPAS

Dr. Ismael Diez Perez - Deputy Director, BiPAS

Dr. Katelyn Spillane - Deputy Director, BiPAS

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 in a physical sciences subject such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, or related discipline. Please contact us if you are unsure about whether your qualifications are suitable for admission to BiPAS. 


International Requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.


English Language Requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. The BiPAS programme falls within Band D.




Application procedure

Submit an online application via King's Apply. For 'Programme Name', enter 'Physics Research MPhil / PhD (Full-Time). Select date / week commencing: 01 October 2020. It is important that you select this programme of study and start date.




Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Biological Physics Across Scales checklist
Personal Statement Yes

Please upload a PDF of your personal statement using the provided template on the BiPAS CDT website, that explains: (i) why you are interested in biological physics; (ii) what motivates you to pursue a PhD; and (iii) your research experience and how it has helped to prepare you for postgraduate research.

Research Proposal Yes  Please enter the project title / reference: enter: BiPAS CDT. No other research proposal is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes 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.
References Yes Please provide contact details for two academic referees.
Other Yes Please attach under the Employment History section a Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes details of academic and non-academic experience 




Application closing date

Complete applications, including both references, that are received by 3rd July 2020 will be considered for shortlisting. Please contact both referees in advance and inform them of this strict deadline. We strongly recommend that you submit your application at least one week before the deadline to allow your referees adequate time to respond. Shortlisting will be concluded by 13th July 2020 and successful applicants will then be contacted for interview. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 20th July 2020.

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Fees and funding

Studentship Award and Eligibility

All studentships are fully funded awards for 3.5 years and include tuition fees, stipend, and a research and training support grant (RTSG).

Tuition fees: All tuition fees will be fully covered by the BiPAS CDT studentship.

Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study at UKRI rates. For 2020/21, the stipend will be £17,009 per annum.

RTSG: A generous allowance will be provided for research-related costs, including consumables, attendance at UK and international conferences, and training. 

Eligibility: Home/EU students who meet the residential eligibility guidelines for postgraduate research degrees at King's College London are eligible to apply. Please read these guidelines to determine whether you are eligible for an award before you start the application process. We will also consider applications from overseas students (i.e. not residents of the UK or EU). Please note that overseas students will need to secure additional funding to cover the difference in Home/EU and international fees. For additional funding opportunities, please explore the international student research funding that is available from King’s College London. If you qualify as an overseas student (i.e. if you are not a resident of the UK or EU), then you will not be eligible for admissions to the programme. If you are unsure about whether you meet the eligibility criteria, please contact our Admissions Team  for clarification. 

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