Our research ranges across the biological sciences, from the understanding of precisely how neurons grow, to the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases, the molecular basis of animal and plant development and exploring the genetics of orang-utans, elephants, pandas and other endangered species.

Our research ranges across the biological sciences, from the understanding of precisely how neurons grow, to the mechanisms of cancer and other diseases, the molecular basis of animal and plant development and exploring the genetics of orang-utans, elephants, pandas and other endangered species.

Research is led by internationally renowned researchers running dynamic research programmes, with access to a range of state-of-the-art technology facilities. Our reputation is reflected in the tens of millions of pounds in research funding that we attract annually and by our consistent high level of publications in top international journals. We encourage high-level interdisciplinary collaborations, both nationally and internationally.

We are ranked 13th in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In this assessment 60% of our research was deemed ‘outstanding’ for its impact in terms of its reach and significance.

Ffeithiau allweddol

Math o astudiaeth Amser llawn, rhan amser
Cymhwyster PhD, MPhil, MD
Hyd amser llawn PhD: 3-4 years; MD: 2 years; MPhil: 1-2 years
Hyd rhan-amser PhD: 7 years; MD: 5 years; MPhil: 5 years
Derbyniadau Ionawr, Ebrill, Gorffennaf, Hydref


Students will train in internationally renowned laboratories under full supervision, to complete a high-level research project.

Our excellent seminar, skills and training programme at Cardiff provides a fully tailored and vibrant research culture to ensure your professional development and employability.


The School offers laboratory-based research degrees to recognised graduates of Medicine, that focus on a specific clinical research topic to make an original contribution to medical knowledge. As an MD student you will receive a high level of supervision and access to specialist research skills training.


MPhil research offers a shorter and more focused project than studying for a PhD. An MPhil degree offers students an opportunity to build on previous academic and professional experience to develop research skills. MPhil students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of all research activities.

We offer supervision and/or research projects in the following areas:

  • Molecular Biosciences
  • Pathophysiology and Repair
  • Organisms and Environment
  • Cancer
  • Engineering Living Systems
  • Mechanisms of Life and Disease
  • Neuroscience
  • Sustainable Planet
  • New Technologies.

Meysydd ymchwil

Pathoffisioleg a Thrwsio

Pathophysiology and Repair focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning physiology, disease and the processes that drive repair and regeneration.

Biowyddorau Moleciwlaidd

Molecular Biosciences focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning biological function.


The Neuroscience division pursues a broad range of neurobiological research, spanning from the molecular to the behavioural levels.

Organebau a'r Amgylchedd

The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level.

Prosiectau ymchwil

We are inviting applications to a number of self-funded PhD projects in our School of Biosciences. These projects are open to UK/EU and overseas students.

Possible start dates for these projects: 1 July 2016, 1 October 2016, 1 January 2017, 1 April 2017

Application deadline: 31 July 2016

Please note:

  1. In place of a personal statement, you must write as to why you want to undertake a research study (approximately 500 words).
  2. Under 'Title/topic of proposed research project', type in the project title and in the space for research proposal repeat the project title.
  3. In answer to the question ‘How do you plan to fund your studies?’, please   specify the details and upload any documents proving the evidence (ex:   letter of confirmation of scholarship).

Structural analysis of receptors for insecticidal toxins

Insecticidal toxins produced by bacteria such as Bacillus thuringiensis and Lysinibacillus sphaericus are the active agents in these important biological pesticides and can also be exploited in the production of insect-resistant transgenic plants.

Machine-learning guided immune fingerprinting for rapid detection of life-threatening infection in liver cirrhosis

You will create a computational framework for the analysis of complex biomedical datasets.

Developing a 3rd generation sequencing based method for identification of bacteria without culturing

There are many instances in which we need to identify bacteria, but are unable to grow them in the laboratory, for example, urinary tract infections, wound infections and bacterial vaginosis.

Molecular mechanisms of phenotype determination in BNST forebrain neurons

The complexity of adult brain function is largely met by the networking of a multitude of neurons, but there is also a requirement for different types of neuron.

The functional proteome of the microbiome and its role in endotoxin modulation

Inflammatory disease such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are all increasing in the global population, as are many other non-communicable diseases.

Detection of outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) in common gut bacteria and fecal samples

The role of bacteria and microbes in cancer has received considerable attention due to the involvement of Helicobacter pylori and viruses such as HPV, EBV and Hep B and C.

Cytoplasmic RNA regulation in cell motility

This project will investigate how cytoplasmic RNA regulation impacts on cell motility and immune function, by studying conserved RNA-binding proteins and their interactions with candidate mRNAs.

Role of the lysosome, and the lysosomal protein NPC1 in the pathogenesis and treatment of Mycobacteriumtuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic disease that in it’s latent form affects approximately one third of the worlds population with an estimated 10 million new cases and 1.5 million deaths per year.

Protein interactions in the regulation of a model cell differentiation program

Cell differentiation programs drive the production of specialised tissues from progenitor cells during animal development.

Firing dynamics of thalamic and cortical neural networks during absence epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most serious and widespread neurological diseases, which affect about 1% of the population.

A Synthetic Reaction-Diffusion System for Engineering Patterning and Self-Organisation in Plant Stem Cells

Reaction-diffusion systems are employed in biology to establish patterns associated with the formation of distinct tissues and organs at the multicellular scale.

Characterisation of microRNAs regulated by dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid in macrophages in relation to atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of myocardial infarction, stroke and peripheral vascular disease, is responsible for more deaths in the western world than any other disease with mortality increasing at a marked rate in developing countries.

Developmental and molecular analysis of sperm production in Drosophila

This project links developmental biology and determination of cell fate, through transcriptional controls that interpret that cell fate decision and control differentiation to evolution and optimisation of reproductive function.

Examining the programming of offspring behaviour by maternal diet and abnormal maternal care

There is a well-defined association between early life adversity (either prenatally or in early childhood) and significantly poorer outcomes for children.

Towards the clinical development of calcium-sensing receptor antagonists as novel therapeutics for inflammatory lung diseases

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have crucial roles in almost every physiological process from cardiac function, immune responses and neurotransmission to sensory functions comprising sight, taste and smell.

The smell of infection – detecting infectious disease and determining mechanisms underlying the spread of disease on social networks

Social organization facilitates contacts between individuals altering the probability of parasite transmission (Perkins et al., 2009).


The majority of our PhD students are funded through the Research Council UK DTP studentships (such as NERC GW4+; BBSRC SWBio; MRC Biomed,  EPSRC DTP), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust Integrative Neuroscience PhD programmes, School and institutional funded studentships, overseas cultural embassies, Commonwealth Scholarships and charities.

Some PhD students are self-funded, and we encourage self-funded students to apply.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Ffioedd dysgu

Myfyrwyr y DU ac UE

Mynnwch y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ffioedd ôl-raddedigion.

Myfyrwyr tu allan i'r UE

Mynnwch y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ffioedd ôl-raddedigion.

Applications are particularly welcome from applicants with a good 2.1 or higher in biological and related sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology, aural and oral sciences, biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry,computer science and informatics, forensic science, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, optometry and vision sciences, mathematics and statistics, pharmacology, psychology, sport sciences and zoology.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 (no sub-score must be below 5.5) or equivalent will be required from students whose first language is not English. No offers will be made until the IELTS score has been submitted with the application. Pre-course English Language tuition is available. Please see our English Language Requirements pages for more details.

Gofynion Iaith Saesneg

Fel arfer, mae disgwyl i ymgeiswyr nad yw’r Saesneg yn famiaith iddynt fodloni gofynion y Brifysgol (e.e. 6.5 IELTS). Gweler ein canllawiau am ein Gofynion Iaith Saesneg am ragor o fanylion.

Please apply via the Online Application Service. If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal, instead please submit a statement of support.

Note: Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible, especially when funded by external sponsors.

Proses gwneud cais

The University has four entry points for research degrees; 1st October, 1st January, 1st April or 1st July


Cyswllt/Cysylltiadau Gweinyddol

School of Biosciences Education Office

Gwneud cais

Gwneud cais nawr
Gostyngiad o £3,400 mewn ffioedd dysgu i fyfyrwyr cymwys o Gymru a’r UE sy'n dechrau gradd meistr ym mis Medi 2018.

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