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.
Duration 3.5 years
Study mode Full-time
Awarding institution King's College London
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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 'Physics Research MPhil / PhD (Full-Time). Select date / week commencing: 1 October 2021. It is important that you select this programme of study and start date.
Application closing date is 22 May 2021.
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
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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: All tuition fees will be fully covered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme.
Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study at UKRI rates. For 2021/22, the stipend will be £17,285 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.
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