Postgraduate programmes

World class research facilities with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research and the generation of impact

The University of Liverpool provides one of the largest concentrations of health and life science expertise in the UK. Students are exposed to the latest research, benefit from expert teaching and supervision, and gain highly respected University of Liverpool qualifications. Our PhD completion rates are amongst the highest in the UK; we were rated third in the UK for PhD completion in the most recent HEFCE analysis.

Liverpool is one of the most creative, inspiring and cost-effective cities in the UK. With its diverse and challenging urban health population, the city provides a valuable setting for research in the health and life sciences.

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences covers a spectrum of health and disease related research from our world-leading research into drug safety, infectious diseases, and personalised medicine, to our emerging areas such as food security, neuroscience and biomedical engineering.

Current PhD Opportunities

Please click on any of the following links to learn more about each of our Institute's current PhD opportunities.

The Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease is the Faculty’s centre for research into musculoskeletal biology, eye and vision sciences, obesity and endocrinology as they apply to older people and the chronically ill. The Institute aims to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide by discovering new treatments and prevention methods.

The Institute of Integrative Biology boasts internationally recognized expertise in fields ranging from electrons to ecosystems. The Institute’s scientists deliver ground-breaking research in key societal themes including food security, health and welfare, diagnostics, biodiversity and conservation and biofuels.

The Institute of Infection and Global Health brings together doctors, vets and basic scientists to put Liverpool at the forefront of the 'one health' agenda. Work in the Institute focuses on some of the most important global health challenges, such as tracking emerging and zoonotic infections, and enhancing food safety and food security.

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society is focused on improving the health, wellbeing and life chances of societies across the globe. The Institute’s work addresses psychological and physical health challenges on an international scale, and is globally recognised for pushing the boundaries of innovation to make vital discoveries in health and wellbeing.

The Institute of Translational Medicine’s mission is to support collaboration across the spectrum of scientific discovery, clinical research and healthcare provision, in pursuit of safe, effective therapies and practice. From prolonging the lives of pancreatic cancer patients to supporting safer, better births, the Institute strives to make life better and easier for patients and for professionals.

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