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Molecular Biosciences (PhD/MPhil/MD)

PhD 3-4 years; MPhil 1-2 years; MD 2 years (full-time) / PhD 5 years; MPhil 2-3 years; MD 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Programme Description

Molecular Biosciences focuses on the molecular mechanisms underpinning biological function. The Division has a broad strength that spans biochemistry, structural and synthetic biology, cell biology, molecular genetics and developmental biology. The groups within Molecular Biosciences focus on a variety of biological systems including Drosophila, yeast, Arabidopsis, tobacco, Dictyostelium, and mammalian cells, and have a growing strength in the use of post-genomic and systems approaches to solve biological problems.

Molecular Biosciences is an innovative, well funded and cohesive Division with excellent modern facilities for a broad range of techniques. It has close links with Chemistry in structural biology and with Physics in the development of advanced imaging technologies, and collaborates globally with academic and industrial partners. Research within Molecular Biosciences has a broad impact in areas including increasing our understanding of basic biological systems, improving diagnosis and therapy for human diseases and the development of novel commercialisable technologies.

The spectrum of research activities includes engineering protein structure and function, gene regulation, chromatin function, molecular genetics of development, cancer biology, and basic cell biological processes, such as cell division, cell death, cell signalling, motility and chemotaxis.

Research Areas

For details of ongoing projects and collaborations, please visit the web pages of individual Molecular Biosciences Division members.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in Biological and Related Sciences.

A 1st or Upper 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent is usually required; MSc/MPhil for PhD Programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass a IELTS exam with a minimum score of 6.5

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Applicants are asked to hand in a research proposal alongside their application. If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal, instead please submit a statement of support.

Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible – especially when funded by external sponsors.


For details on studentships, please visit the fully-funded PhD studentships web pages.

Self-funded PhD projects in Biosciences are also avaialable.

Next intake: The University has four entry points for research degrees: 1 October, 1 January, 1 April, or 1 July

School Contact

Name: Ms Beth Beckett  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5243 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 5211 


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