Funding your PhD

Our scientists have opportunities for self-funded applicants to partake in a planned research project. We are also open to research proposals if they fit within our research interests.

Opportunities for self-funded students

We are open to research proposals that fit within our diverse research areas.  For more information on writing your proposal, please see the University's guide to writing a successful research proposal.

Current opportunities

You can apply directly for a pre-planned research project. A fees bursary (for all tuition and research fees) may be available under some circumstances.

Methionine adenosyltransferases in disease and regulation of gene expression
Supervisors: Dr S. Antonyuk and Prof S. Hasnain

TDP-43 The key protein for finding a cure for Motor Neurone Disease
Supervisors: Dr S. Antonyuk and Prof S. Hasnain

SOD1 The key protein for finding a cure for familial Motor Neurone Disease
Supervisors: Dr S. Antonyuk and Prof S. Hasnain

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

Improving photosynthetic efficiency - engineering and evolution of light harvesting complexes via synthetic biology
Supervisor: Dr D. Canniffe

Climate change and the evolution of insect mating systems 
Supervisor: Dr S. Cornell

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

The Consequences of Transmission Heterogeneities for Disease Outbreaks
Supervisors: Prof A. Fenton and Prof M. Viney

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

Understanding and dissecting microbial communities with Raman spectroscopy
Supervisor: Prof R. Goodacre

Development of metabolomics for understanding AMR in mixed infections
Supervisor: Prof R. Goodacre

Elucidating Disease Mechanisms using New Approaches to Capture Transient Protein Complexes in the Mitochondria
Supervisor: Professor Lu-Yun Lian

Mitochondrial protein folding and diseases
Supervisors: Prof L. Lian and Dr D. Criddle

Bioengineering of bacterial CO2-concentrating system for improved photosynthesis
Supervisors: Prof L. Liu and Dr D. Canniffe

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

Mass spectrometry analysis of human tissue to characterise cleavage events resulting in amyloid deposition associated with aortic aneurysm and dissection
Supervisors: Dr J. Madine and Prof C. Eyers

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 Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Reproductive Organ Photosynthesis
Supervisors: Dr D. O'Maoileidigh

Understanding non-genetic inheritance in Daphnia magna with Raman spectroscopic imaging and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics
Supervisors: Dr H. Muhamad Ali and Dr S. Plaistow and Prof R. Goodacre

The genomics of sperm killing gene drive
Supervisors: Dr T. PriceProf G. HurstProf S. Paterson

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

Mechanistic mathematical / computational modelling of the PAR polarity network
Supervisors: Dr N Savage and Dr J Rodriguez

Multicelluar Cell Differentiation Model: The control of root hair patterning in Aspergillus thaliana
Supervisors: Dr N Savage and Dr A Bishopp

Mechanistic mathematical/computational modelling of integrin signalling
Supervisors: Dr N. Savage and Dr M. Morgan

Investigation of the role of post-translational modifications in hypoxia signalling
Supervisors: Dr V. See and Prof C. Eyers

Validation of novel biomarkers for improved risk stratification and therapy for the paediatric cancer neuroblastoma
Supervsiors: Dr V. See and Dr A. Herrmann

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

The eco-immunology of wild mice
Supervisor: Prof M. Viney

The biology of parasitism in parasitic nematodes
Supervisor: Prof M. Viney

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.

How to fund your PhD

Find out more about funding postdoctoral research at the University of Liverpool

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