The School of Life Sciences occupies modern laboratories in the heart of London with excellent facilities supporting cutting edge research in a number of disciplines including: molecular and cellular biology, fermentation and biotechnology, and human health and performance.

Notable examples of internationally recognized research within the School include, but are not limited to, research on biopolymers and nanotechnology, obesity, cancer, inflammation, human exercise performance and ageing, nutrition and global public health, social prescribing and resilience.

MSc and PhD students on postgraduate research degree programs, post-doctoral research assistants, technical services staff and academic members of staff support the research efforts of the School. Research is funded by grants from national and international funding bodies and also by industrial partnerships.

The School of Life Sciences offers the following research degrees: full time and part time PhD, distance learning PhD and PhD by published work.

How to apply

The academic staff member responsible for PhD admissions in the School is Dr Emanuela Volpi who can be contacted by email via: [email protected].

You can read more about our application process and entry requirements on our How to apply page.

Apply via UCAS

Course title UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology P052415 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
MPhil/PhD Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmacy P052419 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
MPhil/PhD Complementary Medicines, Therapies & Well-Being P052423 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Complementary Medicines, Therapies and Well-Being
MPhil/PhD Nutrition P052427 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Nutrition
MPhil/PhD Biotechnology P052431 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Biotechnology
MPhil/PhD Microbiology P052435  Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Microbiology
MPhil/PhD Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry P052439 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
MPhil/PhD Biology P052443 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Biology

Distance learning

Distance learning If you intend to apply for a research degree by distance-learning, you will need to demonstrate that you have appropriate local support for the duration of registration – please refer to the information on our distance learning page.

Course title  UCAS code Apply now
MPhil/PhD Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology by Distance Learning P052416 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmacy by Distance Learning P052420 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Complementary Medicines, Therapies & Well-Being by Distance Learning P052424 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Complementary Medicines, Therapies and Well-Being by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Nutrition by Distance Learning P052428 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Nutrition by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Biotechnology by Distance Learning P052432 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Biotechnology by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Microbiology by Distance Learning P052436 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Microbiology by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry by Distance Learning P052440 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry by Distance Learning
MPhil/PhD Biology by Distance Learning P052444 Apply nowApply for MPhil/PhD Biology by Distance Learning

PhD by published work

PhD by published work If you intend to apply for PhD by Published Work please refer to the information on our PhD by published work page as the application process differs from the normal MPhil/PhD. Before applying, you should first make contact with the relevant academic for an informal discussion of your publications. You should only submit a formal application at this stage.

Course title UCAS code Apply now
PhD by Published Work Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology P052418 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
PhD by Published Work Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmacy P052422 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy
PhD by Published Work Complementary Medicines, Therapies & Well-Being P052426 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Complementary Medicines, Therapies and Well-Being
PhD by Published Work Nutrition P052430 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Nutrition
PhD by Published Work Biotechnology P052434 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Biotechnology
PhD by Published Work Microbiology P0524380 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Microbiology
PhD by Published Work Molecular Biology, Biophysics & Biochemistry P052442 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
PhD by Published Work Biology P052446 Apply nowApply for PhD by Published Work Biology

Studentships

The Graduate School and each of the academic schools at the University of Westminster are committed to doctoral programmes which encourage and make possible excellent research. As part of this, we are committed to offering a range of studentships. 

Find out about current studentships being offered across the university on our Studentships page.

Research Centres and Groups

Find out more about research based in the School of Life Sciences: