Postgraduate study

Our research spans the biological sciences from nanomaterials, proteins and cellular functions to genes and their regulation to whole organisms and ecosystems.  We work with viruses, bacteria, fungi, animals, insects, plants and humans as individuals and populations.  We use state-of –the-art technologies and develop new computational and mathematical models so we can exploit the data fully.

Our research is focused around the themes of:

  • Dynamics and management of host-microbe interactions
  • Molecular basis of therapeutic targeting
  • From genomes to biological systems
  • Adaptation to environmental change

This work uses the world-class facilities at Liverpool. We also have links to national and international partners in both academic and industrial sectors.

Download an overview of our PhD and MRes programmes

Our current PhD projects are listed on our PhD Studentships pages.

To pursue your own PhD or MPhil research interests with us, please see our research themes and contact the relevant member of academic staff.

Funding for PhD research

Our PhD programme is supported by training grants from several UK Research Councils.



In addition, students are supported by charitable trusts and industrial collaborators. We also have many students with their own independent funding from governments, international scholarships, and other sources.

Our PhD completion rates rank among the highest in the UK.


PhD / MPhil Study