Our goal is to understand the biochemistry and cell science underlying normal development and how it goes awry during human diseases. Our research programmes are generously funded and span disciplines from essential protein biology and glycobiology to cell signalling and gene regulation.
Why study with us?
The life of a postgraduate student is busy and fun and includes a broad variety of activities.Dr Violaine See - Biochemistry Lecturer
mass spectrometers for quantitative proteomics and metabolomics.
research grant funding awarded in two years.
PhD and master's students.
Our research of fundamental biochemistry puts the cell's chemistry into the context of the whole organism in normal and diseases states. By understanding the causes of a disease, we can control symptoms or eradicate it.
The key principle behind our research is the recognition that to elucidate cell, organ or organismal function in health and disease requires an integrated approach utilising the best available cutting-edge technologies.
Research programmes are generously funded through grants from the BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, North West Cancer Research, European Commission and other organisations. Our investigators are involved in translational research for applications in drug discovery and tissue engineering.
We offer intense PhD training programmes with exposure to a wide range of technologies. Much research is multidisciplinary with strong collaborative links within the Institute and also to physical, chemical and clinical sciences across the Liverpool campus. We use technologies such as electrophysiology, biosensors, proteomics, transcriptomics, NMR, X-Ray crystallography, enzyme assays, confocal microscopy, nanoparticles, protein structure modelling and molecular biology.
Recent research highlights from students and staff over the last two years include publications in Science, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, Nature Protocols, EMBO Journal, Oncogene, Journal of Cell Biology and Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Many of our students are recognised for the role they play in communicating their science to the wider community. On completing their PhDs our students have taken competitive post-doctoral positions in the UK and abroad, or elect career paths in the NHS, government or the commercial sector.
As an Institute devoted to Integrative Biology, we span the range of biosciences from the fine-scale resolution of biomolecular structure through the genome-wide analysis of cells and organisms, to the evolution and ecology of organisms in their natural environment.
Underpinning this diversity, we offer world class facilities and infrastructure for research, and superb links to internationally excellent partners in both the academic and industrial sectors.
Our research seeks to answer fundamental questions, and to address key issues of contemporary concern. We were awarded a prize in the UK-wide BBSRC 2011 ‘Excellence with Impact’ competition, which commended the work of our graduate students in impact activities.
Our PhD completion rates are ranked amongst the highest in the UK by the Times Higher Education Supplement, one of only two Universities to have repeatedly ranked in the top four institutions. Furthermore, our complementary training programme was awarded the highest grade in the QAA review of all HEI PGR training. In addition, the Institute is one of only 10 organisations in UK universities in 2017 to hold a gold AthenaSWAN award for gender equality in science education and research.
Our PhD programme is financed by substantial training grants from the main UK Government Research Councils, including the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and The Medical Research Council, as well as charitable trusts, such as North West Cancer Research, Wellcome Trust, the European Commission, overseas governments and industrial collaborators.
Our research theme is the molecular basis of therapeutic targeting.
This theme deals with the identification and study of key biological macromolecules that influence disease processes, or change in response to pathological conditions. By understanding the underlying causes of a disease, the outcome can often be manipulated to control disease symptoms and/or eradicate the disease.
Many diseases arise from problems in how cells communicate:
- Between the cells themselves (central to many neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s and depression)
- In the way that they respond to different external conditions (stimuli)
- In the interactions of the biological molecules (mainly proteins) within cells at local or distal (eg metastatic) sites.
The broad expertise of the researchers working on this theme helps extract basic knowledge and its therapeutic use in collaboration with clinicians, chemists, and industrial partners
We've developed an unparalleled range of core facilities including:
- The Centre for Proteome Research, equipped with 13 mass spectrometers for quantitative proteomics and metabolomics
- The Centre for Glycobiology, which has pioneered the development of many technologies in the field of glycomics
- The Centre for Cell Imaging, with expertise in advanced live cell imaging using both fluorescence and luminescence-based systems. This houses the first photothermal microscope in the UK for nanoparticle-based single molecule imaging.
- The Liverpool Enzyme Screening and Assay Facility, a collaboration between academia and pharmaceutical companies
- The Centre for Genomic Research
- The GeneMill Synthetic Biology Laboratory
- The Computational Biology Facility
- The NMR Centre for Structural Biology
- The Barkla X-ray Laboratory of Biophysics.
Study options and fees
|MPhil / PhD||Duration||UK students||International Students|
|Full time||2-4 years||£4,596 (2022)||
|Part time||4-6 years||£2,298 (2022)||
The fees stated in the table above exclude potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees’. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.
* Please note that if you are undertaking a PhD within the Faculty of Science and Engineering the fee you pay, Band A or Band B, will reflect the nature of your research project. Some research projects incur a higher fee than others e.g. if you are required to undertake laboratory work. You will be informed of the fee for your programme in your offer letter.
^ Self-funded, full-time international students studying a PhD programme classified as Band A will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.
A good (2:1 or above) Honours first degree in an appropriate science subject is required as a minimum, which, preferably, will be relevant to the area of interest.
English language requirements
|IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT||Overall 6.5 no band below 5.5|
|TOEFL iBT requirement||Minimum 88 overall with L 17 W 17 R 17 and S 19|
|C1 Advanced CAE requirement||Overall 176 with no less than 162 in any paper|
|Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)||ISE II with an overall pass with merit in components|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a First Language||Grade C|
|Cambridge IGCSE as a Second Language||Grade B|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
|Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)||Overall 176 with 162 in components|
How to apply
Research degree applications can be made online. You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.
Applications are open all year round.
Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal
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- Campos Soares Da Rocha, Prof Sonia
- Antonyuk, Dr Svetlana
- Barsukov, Dr Igor
- Bates, Dr Andy
- Bennett, Dr Daimark
- Beynon, Prof Rob
- Dart, Dr Caroline
- Edwards, Prof Steven
- Eyers, Prof Claire
- Eyers, Prof Pat
- Fernig, Prof David
- Hasnain, Prof Samar
- Jones, Dr Nigel
- Levy, Dr Raphael
- Lian, Prof Lu-Yun
- Madine, Dr Jill
- Pisconti, Dr Dada
- Rigden, Dr Dan
- Rudland, Prof Philip
- Dr Violaine See
- Turnbull, Prof Jerry
- Yates, Dr Ed
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