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The Department of Biology PhD Studentship


A 3-year fully funded PhD studentship

The Department of Biology is offering a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship for an October 2017 start. Projects in different areas of Biology and Biochemistry are available for application. The competition for this studentship will run alongside our other funded PhD programmes. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to departmental teaching by undertaking 30 hours/year demonstrating for Biology practicals.

Applications are now closed.




Studentship: One 3-year fully funded PhD studentship is available for entry in October 2017. To be considered you need to select a suitable project from the list available and submit an application through the University of York online system. Please check the 'How to apply' tab before submitting your application. 

Value: The studentship is fully funded by the Department of Biology and covers: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,296 for 2016-2017, to be confirmed for 2017-2018 but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Eligibility: UK and EU students only.

Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. Please check the 'How to apply' tab for further details.

Shortlisting: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and successful applicants will be notified promptly.

Interviews: The interviews will take place at the University of York on 16th & 17th February 2017 (to be confirmed). Video interviews can be arranged if absolutely necessary. Candidates will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation prior their interview by an academic panel.

Queries: If you have any queries about a specific project, please contact the appropriate project supervisors, their emails can be found on our academic staff list. If you have any queries related to the application process please contact our Biology Admissions Office

Available projects

Available Projects

Our 3-year fully funded Department of Biology PhD Studentship offers projects across areas of biology and biochemistry.

Applications are now closed.

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area

Dr Colin Beale & Professor Chris D Thomas

Fire and water: drivers of abundance in African mammals 

Ecology & Conservation, Zoology / Animal Science 

Dr Will Brackenbury & Dr Gareth J O Evans

Mechanistic basis for targeting sodium channels in breast cancer therapy 

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cancer / Oncology, Cell Biology / Development, Medical / Clinical Science
Molecular Biology, Neuroscience / Neurology, Pharmacology / Toxicology

Dr Paul Fogg & Dr James W B Moir & Dr Ville Friman

The impact of gene transfer agents on bacterial evolution  Bioinformatics, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Virology
Dr Ville Friman & Dr Angela Hodge & Stig Uggerhøj Andersson (Department of Molecular Biology and GeneticsAarhus University)  Ecological and evolutionary drivers of rhizobial diversity outside the context of legume symbiosis  Ecology & Conservation, Evolution, Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Agronomy & Soil Science 
Dr Darren L Goffin & Professor Miles Whittington (Hull York Medical School) Characterizing neural network deficits in Rett Syndrome  Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology 
Dr Ian Hitchcock & Dr Dimitris Lagos  The role of shear stress in the regulation of endothelial cell function in disease 

Cancer / Oncology, Cell Biology / Development, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Medical / Clinical Science

Dr Luke MackinderProfessor Katherine Denby Systems biology to discover novel photosynthesis components in eukaryotic green algae

Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Bioinformatics

Dr Michael Plevin & Dr Dimitris Lagos & Dr Tyson Sharp (Centre of Molecular Oncology, Barts Cancer Institute, London) The LIMD1 scaffold protein: how protein 3D structure (or lack of it) helps coordinate hypoxic signaling

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Structural Biology,
Molecular Biology

Dr Pegine Walrad & Professor Jeremy Mottram Investigating developmental regulators of infectious Leishmania parasites

Parasitology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology / Development, Genetics, Microbiology

Please check the 'How to apply' tab before submitting your application.

How to apply

Before you apply

Applications are made via our "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this research programme should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).


Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply.

Selecting a project

Please try to identify a research project that suits you.  This is to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. We do not encourage applications to more than one project however we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you decide which project to apply to. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.


To submit your application, please click on the 'APPLY NOW' button inside the project description.  This will take you to the University's Online Application Service. Please select '2017 October, Full Time' as your start date and then click on the 'Start application' button. It is very important that you write the title of the project you are applying to and the names of the project supervisors.

After you apply

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate project supervisors. You might be asked to take part in a telephone or skype interview to discuss your suitability for the project. The strongest applications will be then forwarded to the Selection Panel for shortlisting. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for a formal interview where you will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the panel. The interviews will take place at the University of York on 16th & 17th February 2017 (to be confirmed).  Video interviews can be arranged if absolutely necessary. You will be notified as soon as possible after the interview dates whether your application has been successful, placed on a reserve list, or unsuccessful. If you are successful, you will be required to confirm your intention to accept the studentship within 10 days.

If you have any queries related to the application process please contact our Biology Admissions Office

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