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Structural Biophysics (PhD/MPhil)

PhD 3-4 years, MPhil 2 years (Full-time) / opportunities available (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Programme Aims

To provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and expertise for post doctoral/lectureship positions in neuroscience, molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology and vision science as well as for research positions in industry, the Health Service, scientific informatics and science writing.

Special Features

Programme Description

A PhD by research at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is based around a specific, well-defined research topic. All students have regular meetings with their supervisory team, as well as an advisor who is not directly involved with the project, and is able to objectively monitor the progress of the research, and to provide independent guidance. In addition to the core research topic, the School provides a diverse programme of transferrable skills training, which complements the University Graduate College Programme.

Research Areas

Skills Acquired

This course aims to provide the graduate with a skillset which will advance them towards the goal of becoming an independent researcher. In addition to research project specific skills, graduates can expect to develop transferrable research skills in areas such as study design, statistical analysis, scientific writing, research governance and ethics, and presentation of research findings. The School seminar series provides the opportunity for graduates to widen their general understanding of Vision Research. There are also opportunities to develop teaching skills, through supervision of the undergraduate course, and the University Graduate College provides courses addressing diverse aspects of generic skills training, such as computing skills, time management, rapid reading, and careers planning.

Career Prospects

Those who successfully gain their research degree generally find employment commensurate with their academic achievement within six months of graduation. Positions include postdoctorate or lectureships within Universities, senior appointments within NHS Trusts, professional service appointments within major optometric companies, pharmaceutical, and other industry employment such as Novartis, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for graduates in biology, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, optometry, mathematics or any relevant scientific discipline.

A First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, Master's degree, or equivalent is required.

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.

In addition, depending on the nature of the project, bench fees may be required.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below

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

School Contact

Name: Prof Keith Meek  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6317 



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Funding Available

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