Medicine

The School of Medicine offers research degrees in the medical disciplines such as cancer, immunology, infection, immunity, neurosciences, mental health and population medicine.

For well over 100 years the School of Medicine has been committed to the pursuit of improved health through education, research and engagement with the wider world.

Our commitment to research excellence is supported through strong research centres, groups and units working collaboratively in our modern facilities.

Carrying out work in our research divisions, our researchers are involved in cutting-edge science and world-class research in the field of medicine that have a real impact on people’s lives.

Who studies a Higher Degree at the School of Medicine?

  • Biological Scientists
  • Computational Scientists and Bioinformaticians
  • Epidemiologists, Statisticians, Mathematicians
  • Psychologists, Social Scientists
  • Physical Scientists.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil, MD
Full-time duration PhD 3-4 years; MD 2 years; MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration PhD 5 years; MD 3 years; MPhil 2 year
Start dates January, April, July, October

PhD

Undertaking a PhD can be an exciting and rewarding opportunity to explore something in depth, amongst field-leading researchers with truly first-class facilities. Candidates are required to make an original contribution to knowledge by conducting an independent research project.

Integrative Neuroscience PhD

The 4-year full-time PhD in Integrative Neuroscience programme, supported by the Wellcome Trust, aims to give students a varied experience in integrative neuroscience research techniques, ranging from the genetic, cellular, and behavioural, incorporating methods such as genetic sequencing and human imaging.

Start date: October

MD

The research project will usually have a clinical focus, but other aspects of medical and health care provision may form the basis of the research topic. Applicants are usually required to hold an MBBCH degree or equivalent. Candidates are usually registered with the General Medical Council.

MPhil

MPhil is a stand-alone programme that allows candidates to undertake a research programme over one year. Sometimes, this can be an intermediate step before registering on a subsequent PhD programme; depending on how the project develops.

Skills Developed

Students will benefit from gaining a range of transferable and professional skills during their research study. Depending on the project, these may include:

  • laboratory skills
  • statistical analysis
  • qualitative analysis
  • quantitative analysis
  • qualitative interviewing skills
  • focus group facilitation
  • presenting skills (scientists, the general public)
  • academic publication and grant writing.

Assessment

Thesis (80,000 words for PhD, 60,000 words for MD, and 50,000 words for MPhil) and viva voce examination.

Our research is focused on interdisciplinary themes, each of which spans the spectrum from basic science to clinical practice in either hospital or community settings. Our key research themes include:

  • Cancer and Genetics
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Population Medicine.

Our underlying aim is to ensure the optimum ‘translation’ of fundamental knowledge to patient benefit.

Our approach brings together people, knowledge and skills from a range of disciplines. This approach is the key to our research strength and achievements.Each of our research divisions embodies this philosophy.

Research Areas

Cancer and Genetics

The programme will lead to a research degree in cancer and or genetics that could be used in a variety of academic, clinical and industrial settings.

Infection and Immunity

To offer a broad knowledge and expertise in in all aspects of immunological-based disease processes at the molecular and cellular level, with strengths in innate immunity, cancer immunology, T-cell biology and viral and bacterial infection.

Population Medicine

Division of Population Medicine postgraduate research programmes focus on Prevention and redesigning healthcare services.

Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

The Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences is one of the largest university Division of psychiatry in the UK, providing leadership in clinical practice, teaching and high quality, cutting-edge research across many areas of psychiatric practice.

Research areas

Cancer and Genetics

The programme will lead to a research degree in cancer and or genetics that could be used in a variety of academic, clinical and industrial settings.

Infection and Immunity

To offer a broad knowledge and expertise in in all aspects of immunological-based disease processes at the molecular and cellular level, with strengths in innate immunity, cancer immunology, T-cell biology and viral and bacterial infection.

Population Medicine

Division of Population Medicine postgraduate research programmes focus on Prevention and redesigning healthcare services.

Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

The Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences is one of the largest university Division of psychiatry in the UK, providing leadership in clinical practice, teaching and high quality, cutting-edge research across many areas of psychiatric practice.

Studying human neuropsychiatric disease in DLG2 deficient human neurons

This PhD project in Medicine tries to understand DLG2’s role during neural development and in mature neurons using variety of techniques.

The molecular basis of cognitive flexibility

This project examines transcriptomes in key brain regions at critical periods to determine the molecular bases of flexible behaviour.

Investigating peroxisome dysregulation in Alzheimer’s disease

In this project you will first determine how peroxisomes respond to the specific pathogenic proteins associated with AD in vivo.

Targeting LAG3+ T cells for Cancer Immunotherapy

This study will look at the control of adaptive immunity in health and inflammation by human blood and mucosal gamma/delta T cells.

Investigating the childhood neurodevelopmental origins of adult mental illness

This PhD utilises new data generated by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award between Cardiff and Bristol Universities to test hypotheses on why child NDDs show links with later adult mental illness.

Flexible vectors for immunotherapy against cancer and pathogens

This project aims to determine pathways that can drive the growth of particular types of NK and T cells that are optimised to provide better protection from disease. We will use cytomegalovirus and leukaemic cells as systems of analysis.

Enhancing immune stimulation for novel anti-cancer viral vaccine vectors

We will combine cutting-edge proteomics with molecular virology and immunology to determine how HCMV induces such strong responses, enabling us to generate optimised vaccine vectors.

Optimizing adult mental health outcomes in children with neurodevelopmental problems: interplay of social and genetic factors

This PhD project provides a unique opportunity to develop advanced methodological and analytic skills in the field of developmental psychopathology.

School experiences in children at high genetic risk of mental health problems

This project will provide important insights into why children with a genomic disorder struggle in school.

The PhD programme will equip students for a career in academic research/teaching, NHS clinical laboratories, and pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies.

Funding

The School of Medicine awards a number of generous 3 year PhD studentships every year. These prestigious studentships will be awarded to the highest calibre applicants from across all relevant Divisions. Studentships will include UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend.

Funded projects are advertised throughout the year.

Name Deadline
GW4 BioMed MRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD projects in the School of Medicine 23 November 2018

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

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Students from outside the EU

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Specifically funded PhD projects will be advertised with specific instructions on applications, otherwise prospective students are advised to contact potential supervisors.

Applications can be made at any time, but in addition there will be specific calls, which have associated instructions and deadlines.

A personal statement or covering letter should address how the applicant can contribute to the proposed project.

Admission process

Decisions will be made on the basis of your written application and the references received, and potential students may be interviewed as part of the admissions process.

Applicants should possess a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree, master's degree, or equivalent in a relevant subject.

In some cases, a medical degree and/or relevant professional qualifications or experience are required.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.

Contacts

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Find out more about Postgraduate study at Cardiff at our Open Day on 21 November 2018.

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