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.

MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (Discovery Medicine North - DiMEN)

Competitive full funding (tuition fee, research costs and stipend) is available for this project. 

Deep learning approaches to discover new roles for non-canonical signalling in cancer
Supervisors: Prof. C. Eyers and Prof. A. Jones 

Closing date Monday 14 May 2018

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Unilever CDT PhD Training Partnership

Fully funded (tuition fee, research costs and stipend).

Advanced Spatial and Species Level Imaging of the Human Microbiome
Supervisors: Dr. D. Bennett and Dr. M. Hoptroff

Applications will be reviewed from 15 May until a suitable candidate is appointed

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Diamond Doctoral Training Partnership

Fully funded (tuition fee, research costs and stipend).

Novel computational and experimental approaches to the determination of membrane protein structure using electron and X-ray crystallography
Supervisors: Dr. D. Rigden, Dr. G. Evans

Applications will be reviewed from 8th June until a suitable candidate is appointed

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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.

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

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

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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.