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.

PhD in Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences: Investigating the childhood neurodevelopmental origins of adult mental illness

Childhood neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) such as autism and ADHD affect 10% of children, and this group are at hugely elevated risk of mental illnesses such as depression and psychosis.

PhD in Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences: Genomic stratification of bipolar disorder trajectories and outcome

The aim of this project is to explore the potential of genetic and genomic data for clinical stratification in bipolar disorder.

PhD in Cancer and Genetics: Imbalance of DNA methylation and demethylation as pathogenic mechanism of acute myeloid leukemia

Large genomic analyses have revealed patterns of non-random mutations of epigenetic modifiers (EMs) within a great number of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) patients.

PhD in Infection and Immunity: Defining the molecular pathways governing antiviral Natural Killer cell immunity

Natural killer (NK) cells are critical members of the immune response that is mounted against infection, and can also target the development and progression of cancers.

PhD in Infection and Immunity: Characterising entry and fusion of wildtype human cytomegalovirus (HCMV)

HCMV is the leading infectious cause of congenital malformation, and a major cause of morbidity and mortality in transplant and AIDS patients.

PhD in Infection and Immunity: Systemic immune fingerprints in patients with acute severe sepsis

Sepsis is an illness in which a severe infection triggers a systemic inflammatory response that is disproportionate to the primary infective insult.

PhD in Cancer and Genetics: The role of Wnt signalling in blood stem cell development and in acute myeloid leukaemia

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a highly variable disease making it difficult to treat, particularly as normal blood cell development is blocked.

PhD in Population Medicine: Factors influencing engagement with emerging technology in colorectal cancer screening and prevention

Uptake in the bowel cancer-screening program in Wales (54%) is a significant problem, which will be addressed somewhat by this project..

PhD in Cancer and Genetics: Development of chimeric adenoviral virotherapies for cancer applications

This project will use sophisticated techniques to understand the basic mechanisms by which viruses use healthy cells to cause disease, and state-of-the-art molecular techniques to modify how viruses infect cells. 

PhD in Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences: Dynamics of the expanded CAG locus in Huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an autosomal dominant neurodegeneration usually of mid-life onset. and leads to death after 15-20 years.

PhD in Population Medicine: Understanding multi-party communication in therapy sessions for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing (SP) difficulties

Sensory processing (SP) difficulties are very common in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which can result in behavioural difficulties and poor motor control.

PhD in Population Medicine: The role of grandparents in shaping young children’s diet during the provision of childcare

The project will generate important insights into the factors that shape grandparents’ food practices in relation to their grandchildren, and promote a healthy diet.

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
PhD in Cancer and Genetics: Transcription factor dysregulation in acute myeloid leukaemia and blood cancers 13 February 2018
PhD in Cancer Immunology: Targeting the vasculature to improve cancer immunotherapy 31 January 2018
PhD in Cancer Research: Characterising the role of exosomes in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex 28 February 2018
PhD in Infection and Immunity: Preventing deaths caused by diseases of heart and circulation in patients with arthritis 31 January 2018
PhD in Medicine: A novel human cell model derived from Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) mediated neuroinflammation and synaptic dysfunction in dementia. 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Biological dissection of phenotypic heterogeneity in HD 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Characterising the interface between APOE and LOX in Alzheimer’s Disease 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Characterising the pathways to abnormal protein aggregation in dementia in Drosophila and induced pluripotent stem cell models 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Integration of genetic and functional data to identify drug targets and enhance risk prediction 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Mapping changes to vascular health in Alzheimer’s disease 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Microglial transcriptional networks and polygenic risk for Alzheimer’s disease 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Regulation of microglial function by the Alzheimer’s disease risk gene MEF2C 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Targeting Ref1/STAT3 to treat Tuberous Sclerosis 30 March 2018
PhD in Medicine: The role of Alzheimer’s risk genes in glial function using Drosophila 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Understanding the function of Alzheimer’s disease risk genes in the ageing Drosophila melanogaster nervous system 9 February 2018
PhD in Medicine: Using the power of Drosophila genetics to understand Alzheimer’s disease risk gene function in the brain 9 February 2018
PhD in Viral Immunology: Characterising the HCMV secretome 31 January 2018
School of Medicine PhD projects 28 February 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.

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