Orthopaedic Biology PhD / MPhil / MD

The research interests is mainly clinical, upper limb surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and surgery for musculoskeletal tumour.

Why study with us?

I believe my new findings on monocytes and their role in arthroplasty joint will provide a new diagnostic tool to overcome the complicated revision surgery for patients whom implant failed due to aseptic loosening.

Krishnamurithy Genasan - Orthopaedic Biology PhD student
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    research environment in Clinical Medicine rated 4* and 3* REF (2014).

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    academic members of staff.

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    postgraduate research students.


There is considerable overlap between the basic science and clinical areas of research. Regarding basic science the areas include mesothelial cell function in a number of scenarios (tumours, tendon degeneration etc) and EMG studies in common upper limb pathologies such as tennis elbow and rotator cuff pathologies. The clinical research is orientated to understand the physiological basis of conditions that are frequently encountered in the clinic and to develop new treatment strategies.

Professor Simon Frostick has developed a number of new operations for reconstruction of major upper limb pathologies and has promoted other new techniques into the UK, for example, shoulder arthroscopy.

Our research interests

Clinical studies conducted with the intent to advance therapies to the clinic or develop in upper limb surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and surgery for musculoskeletal He has developed a number of new operations including reconstruction of major upper limb pathologies and promotion of other new techniques into the UK.

Research themes

Our research themes include:

· Mesothelial cell function in tumours and tendon degeneration
· Studies of common upper limb pathologies
· Studies of physiological basis of upper and lower limb pathologies.


· Biomedical Imaging
· Centre for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics
· Centre for Drug Safety Science
· Health Data Science Network
· Centre for Preclinical Imaging
· Clinical Trials Research Centre
· Harris-Wellbeing Preterm Birth Research Centre
· Liverpool Bio-Innovation Hub (LBIH) Biobank
· Liverpool Cancer Trials Unit
· MRC North West Hub for Trials Methodology Research
· North West Cancer Research Centre – University of Liverpool
· Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit
· UK Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre for Children
· Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine

Postgraduate researchers also benefit from flexible access to world-class equipment and expertise through the Shared Research Facilities provided by The Technology Directorate.

Study options and fees

MPhil / PhD / MD Duration Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

We welcome applications from within the EU and around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

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