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, NERC and MRC, 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.

BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology

NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

Department of Biology PhD Studentship 

BBSRC Industrial CASE Studentships

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area

Prof Neil Bruce and Professor Simon McQueen-Mason

Microbial degradation of oil palm empty fruit bunches as feed for insect larvae

Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Prof Seth Davis and Dr James Chong

Genomics-guided approaches to enzyme discovery in disparate Galdieria species Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology

Dr Ville Friman and Dr Daniel Jeffares 

Using comparative genomics to predict the epidemiology and evolution of R. solanacearum plant pathogen in the UK Agricultural Sciences, Bioinformatics, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology

Dr Dimitris Lagos and Dr James Hewitson

Probing the epitranscriptome with nanopore sequencing                Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology / Development, Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology

Dr Michael Plevin

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

NERC Industrial CASE Studentships

 SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area
 Prof Jane Hill and Dr Colin McClean (Environment) Testing the resilience of tropical agricultural landscapes   Agricultural Sciences, Ecology & Conservation, Zoology/Animal Science

Other CASE Studentships - Projects to be advertised soon

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area