PhD students in the Crick's atrium.

PhD student recruitment

We look for talented and motivated graduates with backgrounds in biological or biomedical sciences, physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics or computer science to join the Crick PhD programme. Applications for the 2020 PhD student programme are now closed (closed 18 March 2020,12 noon (GMT)).


Brexit and applications for the Crick PhD Programme

The Crick has a multinational outlook, and we are proud to be a diverse, open and international institute, with staff and students from more than 70 different countries. We encourage students of all nationalities to apply for the programme.

Please see the following webpages for more information on Brexit:

What we offer 

We offer successful applicants a place on the Crick PhD programme, and a PhD studentship that covers:

  • £22,000 tax-free student stipend (living allowance) per year for four years
  • Tuition fees
  • If applicable, reimbursement of the student (Tier 4) standard visa application fee and immigration health surcharge

Eligibility & academic entry criteria

Candidates of all nationalities can apply for the Crick PhD programme and studentship.

The standard Crick PhD programme and studentship academic eligibility criteria are:

English skills

Applicants do not need to submit information relating to English language skills during the application process. If you are offered a Crick PhD studentship we will provide you with information on our English language requirements. You will need to provide evidence of meeting our English Language requirements as early as possible and by no later than the end of May 2020. 

  • A first/upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent from a non-UK university) in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate research experience as part of, or outside of, a university degree course, or a master's degree in a relevant subject.
  • Appropriate English language skills.

A small number of individual PhD positions have additional eligibility criteria because of specific criteria associated with the funding for that position. If any additional eligibility criteria apply to a particular position, this is noted at the top of the individual PhD position page.

Application process

  • 18 March 2020

    Application deadline: 12 noon (GMT)

  • 25 March 2020

    Deadline for referees to submit references

  • By 28 April 2020

    Applicants notified of the outcome of their application.

    Either: invited to interview, or unsuccessful

  • 12 May 2020

    Interviews at the Crick

  • By 29 May 2020

    Interviewees informed of final outcome

  • Summer 2020

    University admission process undertaken

  • 21 September 2020

    PhD start date


Applications must be submitted through our student recruitment system before the deadline.

Key dates
  • Your application must be submitted by the deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Wednesday 18 March 2020.
  • We will not accept late applications.
  • We should receive your references by Wednesday 25 March 2020. Your application may still be considered if references are not received by this deadline. However, no applicant will be invited to interview unless references have been received.

After the reference submission deadline, your application will available to all recruiting supervisors to consider. You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Tuesday 28 April 2020.

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