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PhD in Biomedical Science

This three or four-year PhD programme provides an opportunity for outstanding graduates with an interest in biomedical science. Studying across a range of disciplines you will have access to tailored York Biomedical Research Institute (YBRI) doctoral training activities focussed on the biomedical sciences and the core YBRI themes:

  • Immunology, haematology and infection
  • Molecular and cellular medicine
  • Neuroscience


  • Degree awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Entry requirements: We require applicants to hold, or expect to gain, at least an Upper Second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject area for entry into this PhD programme.
  • Funding: We welcome self-funded students and those holding or applying for scholarships. Some projects are offered with full-funding.
  • Projects: A description of available projects can be found by scrolling down to the bottom of this page.
  • How to apply: Once you have chosen your project, make a note of its title and the name of the supervisors. Please follow our step-by-step guidance to submit your application.  You will need the following documents ready to upload:
    • Your academic transcript/s
    • A short personal statement to explain your background, research interests and why the project/s you have selected appeal to you
    • Your language certificate (if appropriate)
    • Your CV (curriculum vitae). The CV should be approximately 2-pages long and should include:
      • Your contact details
      • Your education, degrees held or ongoing, including modules covered
      • Further details or technical/laboratory experience (for example, research projects you have been involved in)
      • Any previous work experience or training courses
      • Any seminar or poster presentations, conferences attended
      • Any scientific publications
      • Any other relevant information
      • Contact details for two independent academic references
      • You may also want to include a short statement about yourself and/or hobbies and interests

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. For more information see our Postgraduate English language requirements.

Programme description

York’s PhD in Biomedical Science aims to bring students from all over the world to our first-class research facilities. Over a three or four-year period you will develop and execute a significant body of research in your chosen field that will contribute to the development of new knowledge.

Areas of PhD research fall within, but are not limited to, the diverse biomedical portfolio of our academic staff, neuroscience, molecular and cellular medicine, immunology, haematology and infection.

Working under the supervision of world-leading, research-active supervisors, you will be encouraged to contribute substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches as you pursue research in biomedical science at an advanced level.

The PhD in Biomedical Science is a joint venture between the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Hull York Medical School (HYMS), as partners in the York Biomedical Research Institute (YBRI).

Special features

Training and cohort-building programme: A dedicated Biomedical Science training and cohort-building programme will draw on the training offered by the collaborating departments, whilst offering the students on the PhD programme additional training and opportunities to promote collaboration and networking across the programme.

Cohort activities will include: a monthly journal club, an annual research symposium, and other cross-departmental YBRI seminars and events.


All new research students are offered mentorship from within the existing research student community. For those new to York, mentors work in the same research area. Those who have previously studied at York will be offered a mentor working in a different research area. The mentor partnership is a means to explore options and understand more about working as a research student at the University of York.

PhD projects for 2021 entry

Funded PhD positions are available to those who meet the UKRI eligibility criteria and who meet the entry requirements for studying for a PhD in Biomedical Science at the University of York. Please check the eligibility criteria for each project. Some projects are directly funded while others compete for funding.

We welcome applications at any time from those who are able to fund their own studies. Please see projects listed below. Most YBRI members are happy to work with those who can fund their own research to agree a project. Our YBRI academics list provides details of the research interests of all members.

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