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 the 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.

Institute of Integrative Biology 

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

Mechanisms controlling gene expression in hypoxia and inflammation
Prof S. Rocha

Closing date 1st March 2018

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Royal Society Funded PhD Studentship

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

Nanomechanics of bacterial carbon-fixation organelles
Dr LN Liu
Dr D Martin

Review will begin on 5 February 2018 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

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BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (NLD BBSRC DTP)

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

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

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MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (Discovery Medicine North - DiMEN)

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

Find out more on the MRC DiMEN DTP 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. 

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Opportunities for self-funded students

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

Repurposing cyanobacterial CO2-fixing organelles using synthetic biology
Dr L. Liu

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

Quantifying the role of phosphohistidine during bacterial infection
Prof C. Eyers and Prof A. Jones

Evolutionary insights for engineering improved globin oxygen carriers
Dr M. Berenbrink

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RIKEN Funded PhD Studentships

Competitive full funding (tuition fee, research costs and stipend) is available for these projects

Macromolecular structure of bioenergetic supercomplexes using cryo-electron microscopy
Dr L.N. Liu and Prof M. Shirouzu

Time frozen structure-function studies of synthetic and natural nitrite reductases
Prof S. Hasnain, Dr S. Antonyuk

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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 cicumstances.

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