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

PhD, MPhil, MD Full-time, Part-time Programme

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

You will study and work in a self-contained multi-disciplinary School, with great opportunities for collaboration with strongly related departments in all of the biomedical sciences in the same faculty, the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, or with the University’s Schools of Chemistry or Engineering.

PhD, MPhil, MD Full-time, Part-time Programme

Pharmacology and Physiology

Pharmacology and Physiology is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences research programmes (MPhil, MD, PhD).

PhD, MPhil, MD Full-time, Part-time Area

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 Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: Discovery of novel cancer immunotherapeutic agents

This PhD project will persue the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of small synthetic molecules that manipulate the immune system to eliminate cancer cells.


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.


Stem cell transplant efficacy in Parkinson’s disease

This project focuses on developing the in vivo rodent models used for transplantation to determine whether additional factors could influence the development and/or function of the graft. 


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.


Discovering zinc signalling mechanisms to prevent breast cancer progression

This project aims to substantiate a model for integrated zinc signalling in cells, confirming the exact role of different zinc transporters and relating the findings to the fundamental biological effects of cellular zinc.


Understanding how age and gender influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease

This project seeks to understand the inter-relationship between age and gender and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.


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.