Self-funded research projects

Self-funded research projects are available for MSc by Research (1-year research programme) and PhD(3-year research programme). Applicants need to have adequate funds to meet the costs of a self-funded research project including tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research programme. Please see tuition fee costs for the 2016/17 entry and 2017/18 entry. Please see estimated costs for living expenses

How to apply  

Academic staff considering self-funded research students

York Biology offers a wide range of self-funded research projects across the whole spectrum of modern biology, from molecular genetics and biochemistry to ecology and evolution. Please try to identify a research area of your interest and contact the appropriate academic member of staff.  This is to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. 

Academic StaffResearch AreasConsidering applications for
Dr Daniela Barillà

Microbiology, Biochemistry and biophysics 

MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Christoph Baumann

Microbiology, Biochemistry and biophysics 

MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Colin Beale 

Ecology and evolution, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology 

MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Gonzalo Blanco

Molecular and cellular medicine 

PhD only
Dr Will Brackenbury

Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine 

MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Neil Bruce

Microbiology, Plant biology, Biochemistry and biophysics 

PhD only
Professor Nia Bryant

Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine 

MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Sangeeta Chawla
Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine

MSc by Research & PhD

Dr James Chong Ecology and evolution, Microbiology, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology

MSc by Research & PhD

Dr Dawn Coverley
Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine, Cancer

MSc by Research & PhD

Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra Ecology and evolution, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Seth Davis Ecology and evolution, Microbiology, Plant biology, Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Katherine Denby Infection and immunity, Plant Biology, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology PhD only
Dr Chris Elliott Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Gareth Evans Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Molecular and cellular MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Julia Ferrari Ecology and evolution, Microbiology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Ville Friman Ecology and evolution, Infection and immunity, Microbiology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Daniel Franks Ecology and evolution MSc by Research & PhD 
Dr Paul Genever Cell and devlopmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Darren Goffin Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Ian Graham Plant biology PhD only
Dr Allison Green Infection and immunity MSc by Research only
Dr Andrea Harper Ecology and evolution, Plant biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Sue Hartley Ecology and evolution, Plant biology PhD only
Dr Thorunn Helgason Ecology and evolution MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Jane Hill Ecology and evolution MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Ian Hitchcock Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine PhD only
Dr Daniel Jeffares Ecology and evolution, Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Norman Maitland Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine, Cancer MSc by Research only
Professor Paul Kaye Infection and immunity PhD only
Dr Marika Kullberg Infection and immunity, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Dimitris Lagos Infection and immunity, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Mark Leake Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Frans Maathuis Plant biology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Luke Mackinder Plant biology, Biochemistry and biophysics MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Peter Mayhew Ecology and evolution MSc by Research & PhD
Dr James Moir Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Biochemistry and biophysics PhD only
Professor Jeremy Mottram Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Cell and developmental biology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Jon Pitchford Ecology and evolution, Plant biology, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Jennifer Potts Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Biochemistry and biophysics MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Paul Pryor Infection and immunity, Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Kelly Redeker Ecology and evoluation, Microbiology, Plant biology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Elva Robinson Ecology and evolution, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Michael Schultze Plant biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Jenny Southgate Cell and developmental biology, Molecular and cellular medicine, Cancer MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Chris Thomas Ecology and evolution MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Daniel Ungar Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Marjan van der Woude Infection and immunity, Microbiology MSc by Research & PhD
Dr Pegine Walrad Infection and immunity, Microbiology, Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Molecular and cellular medicine, Bioinformatics and mathematical biology MSc by Research & PhD
Professor Robert White Cell and developmental biology, Biochemistry and biophysics, Molecular and cellular medicine MSc by Research & PhD