Westlake University is a new type of high-quality research-oriented university based in the historic Chinese city of Hangzhou - a stunning city well-known throughout Asia for its long history, rich culture, fine arts, and beautiful scenery. Our university was founded by prominent globally respected scientists and scholars. We are quickly becoming a leading university for science, engineering, and innovation. At Westlake, we emphasize academic freedom, research excellence, interdisciplinary engagement, and international collaboration. We are committed to building a truly international, world-class, research-oriented university.

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📚About the Program

PhD in Biology at Westlake University

*Note*: Applicants to the School of Life Sciences PhD program in Biology are greatly encouraged to contact the Faculty Supervisor of the laboratory they want to do research in before applying to the PhD program. Once admitted into the PhD program, doctoral students will be assigned to a laboratory and Faculty Supervisor according to their preferences listed in their admissions application materials. Each doctoral student’s Faculty Supervisor will act as program mentor, advisor, and doctoral dissertation chair.

Westlake University’s Biology department is a pioneering, supportive, and innovative community of scholar-practitioners focused on building excellence between the biological sciences and related branches of physical science, medicine, engineering, and material sciences. The doctoral program in Biology at Westlake University provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research across the Life Sciences and related fields. Doctoral students in our program contribute to the development of new technologies, methodologies, and scientific innovations with the guidance of our globally respected faculty.

Applicants to the PhD program in Biology can focus on one of the following seven Research Fields:

  • Neurobiology;
  • Cell Biology;
  • Biophysics;
  • Chemical Biology;
  • Systems and Computational Biology;
  • Immunology and Microbiology;
  • Genetics and Developmental Biology

**All admitted PhD students to this program will receive full tuition scholarship or a full tuition waiver and a monthly living allowance.In addition, sufficient financial support for research at the department and school levels is offered to all PhD students.

*Note*: Doctoral dissertation topics for students in the PhD program in Biology generally follow the research of the laboratory they work in.

Click on the link below to learn more about Westlake University faculty.


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🏫About Westlake University

Join Inspiring People

At Westlake University, you will learn from and be mentored by their world-class faculty. Over 95% of our professors hail from top-notch universities including MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. In addition, all our senior leadership have studied and/or held positions at distinguished institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, UIUC, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). You will work and collaborate with these brilliant scientists and engineers changing their world. You will also be surrounded by enthusiastic fellow students who seek challenges in academics, personal growth, and cultural adventures. At Westlake, you will make lifelong friends and connect with future leaders.

A Community for Future Leaders

Westlake University is an intimate, supportive, and diverse community. Different interests and causes are represented by multiple types of student groups, allowing individuals to explore, create, and lead in their own ways. We hope to facilitate an engaging, exciting, and inspiring student life experience for all.

Westlake University Campus

Our beautiful campus was designed by renowned German firm HENN GmbH and is one of the most sustainable and multi-functional campuses in the world. Our campus boasts 300 state-of-the-art independent laboratories, 13 innovation platforms, and six shared research facilities. Our main campus is in the heart of an expanding university town, between a major technology hub and ancient historical ruins, tea plantations, and Westlake UNESCO world heritage site.

"Go International, Go Abroad"


Westlake university’s goal is to recruit 50% domestic and 50% international students to all undergraduate programs to create a truly international study environment.

Our PhD programs recruit students from top global masters’ programs.


In addition to your international experience in China, all undergraduate students are required to spend a semester or full academic year at one of their 19 partner universities abroad. We have established study abroad programs with leading universities in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia including UC Berkeley, Cornell University, University of Edinburgh, UC San Diego, Monash University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and many more.

PhD students are encouraged to study in short-term programs abroad or to present their research at international academic research conferences and forums. There are ample funding opportunities for graduate international experiences.

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🏠 Accommodation

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

1,500 USD per year

6,000 USD in total

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied in English at high school or a degree
- Have passed IELTS level 6.5 or TOEFL 95 or above.

Minimum education level: Master's

All students from all countries are eligible to apply to this program.

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • First Recommendation Letter from Previous Professor
  • Second Recommendation Letter from Previous Professor
  • Personal Statement (1,500 words or more)
  • All diplomas and degree certificates.
  • All transcripts.
  • Academic writing sample. (Not compulsory but recommended.)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or above. Or TOEFL 90 or above)
  • No Criminal Record Certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Your Photograph
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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Here is some more information about the enrollment process after you have been accepted.

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