PhD studentships

Our research spans biological scales - from genes to proteins to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems.  We offer PhD projects in a wide range of topics, brought together by our four research themes.

Each year we advertise projects funded by NERC, BBSRC and MRC as well as industry and charities.  All of our projects are advertised on FindaPhD and our current opportunities are listed below.

If you would like to propose your own research project for a PhD, MPhil or MRes, please contact potential supervisors amongst the academic staff.

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership 

Competitive full funding (tuition fee, research costs and stipend) is available for these projects. The recruitment process starts in autumn each year.  Further details will be published from September to November 2018. 

Find out more on the NLD BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership website.

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NERC Doctoral Training Partnership - Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (NERC ACCE)

Competitive full funding (tuition fee, research costs and stipend) is available for these projects. The recruitment process starts in autumn each year.  Further details will be published from September to November 2018. 

Find out more on the NERC ACCE DTP website.

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Opportunities for self-funded students

A fees bursary (for all tuition and research fees) may be available under some circumstances.

Evolutionary insights for engineering improved globin oxygen carriers
Supervisors: Dr M. BerenbrinkDr J. Madine

Using synthetic biology to develop natural sunscreen compounds from algae
Supervisor: Prof M. Caddick

Analysis of Heparin Binding Proteins and the Supramolecular Structure of Extracellular Matrix
Supervisors: Prof D. Fernig and Prof C. Eyers

Characterising and repurposing cyanobacterial CO2-fixing organelles for metabolic engineering
Supervisors: Dr L. Liu and Dr J. Hartwell

Investigating the molecular mechanisms and consequences of ANP aggregation for cardiovascular disease; a computational and experimental approach
Supervisors: Dr J. Madine and Dr D.J. Rigden

The genomics of sperm killing gene drive
Supervisors: Dr T. Price, Prof G. Hurst, Prof S. Paterson

Exploiting advanced methods for protein structure prediction
Supervisors: Dr D.J. Rigden and Dr R Keegan

Examining the host-environmental interface of Histoplasma capsulatum to understand the implications of disease management within endemic populations
Supervisors: Dr. C. Scantlebury, Prof. A. McCarthy, Dr. T. Helgason

Examining Histoplasmosis in household and community environments at the human-animal interface
Supervisors: Dr. C. Scantlebury, Prof. A. McCarthy, Dr. G. Pinchbeck, Dr. D. Wootton

Elucidation of the role of newly discovered post-translational modification of proteins involved in hypoxia signalling using proteomic analysis and live cell imaging
Supervisors: Dr V. See and Prof C. Eyers

Exploring Stem Cell Regulation by Heparan Sulphates using Chemical Biology and Glycomics Strategies
Supervisor: Prof J. Turnbull

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How to apply

Please follow the specific instructions given for the project on the FindAPhD page.

To discuss any of the available projects, contact the named supervisor.

General information about eligibility and funding

Funding (covering tuition fee, research and training costs and a maintenance stipend) is available to suitably qualified applicants for some projects. A fees bursary may be available under some circumstances.

Research Council funding (BBSRC, EPSRC, NERC and MRC) is subject to the candidate being eligible under the RCUK residency criteria.