Fully-funded PhD projects available for immediate application

Our studentships are fully-funded by UK Research Councils, charities or industry. Eligibility criteria vary so please check who is funding the project that you are interested. For projects funded by BBSRC and NERC, only UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements are eligible to apply (minimum of three years of continuous residency in the UK immediately prior to the start of the PhD). Projects funded by charities (Breast Cancer Now, British Heart Foundation, etc) are open to all UK and EU students.

The studentships cover: (i) an annual tax-free stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,533 for 2017-2018), but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

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 our staff pages.


NERC CASE Studentships

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area

Dr Colin Beale & Professor Chris Thomas

A spatial conservation plan for the UK

Botany/Plant Science, Ecology & Conservation, Zoology/Animal Science

Professor Jane HillDr Kanchon Dasmahapatra & Professor Chris Thomas

Buffering climate-driven extinctions in montane butterflies: are there genetic refuges?

Ecology & Conservation, Evolution, Genetics,  Zoology/Animal Science

Dr Kelly Redeker & Dr Raj Whitlock

Soil carbon in managed grasslands- biodiversity effects on persistence versus short-term gains? Bioinformatics, Ecology & Conservation, Microbiology

Dr Sylvia Toet

Agricultural hotspots of Nitrous Oxide in space and time                                      

Industrial Studentships

 SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area
Professor James Moir Influence of microbial community on nitrogen use efficiency in agriculture  Microbiology, Biochemistry, Genomics
Professor Seth Davis  Hydrolase discovery in the extremophile Galdieria  Industrial Biotechnology & Bio-energy, Enzymes, Phylogenomics
Dr Michael Plevin 

The LIMD1 scaffold protein: how protein 3D structure (or lack of it) helps co-ordinate hypoxic signaling 

Structural Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry
Dr Daniel Ungar & Prof Jane Thomas-Oates Characterization of cell lines with engineered Golgi organization Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Mass Spectrometry
Professor Fred Antson

Structural and mechanistic characterisation of DNA packaging motors from human Cytomegalovirus and related viruses  

Structural Biology, Biophysical Biology, Biochemistry
Dr Julie Wilson 

Chemometric method development for metabolomic analyses for food security and authentication 

Genomics, Statistics, Metabolomics

Industrial CASE Studentships

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area

Prof Nia Bryant & Prof Bob White

Cell Stress and How to Prevent It

Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Cell Biology/Development, Molecular Biology

Professor Jennifer R Potts & Dr Christoph Baumann 

Structure and function of SesC and SesE; conserved biofilm-forming proteins of Staphylococcus epidermidis  Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Structural Biology