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Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 466 Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Biochemistry would provide you with the time and resources to undertake an in-depth research project into one area of biochemistry. These projects are almost always laboratory-based and can range from investigating the structure and role of a protein or receptor to developing and optimising current detection methods.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Biochemistry?

Doing a PhD in Biochemistry, you’ll develop wide-spread laboratory skills including protein purification, western blotting, chromatography, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The use of cutting-edge equipment such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is common in Biochemistry and consequently you’ll become proficient with these fine instruments.

Some typical research topics in Biochemistry include:

  • Engineering enzymes for industry
  • Characterising the structure and function of proteins
  • Developing novel therapeutics
  • Understanding the role of redox in a system or disease
  • Investigation of a specific receptor
  • Developing and optimising methods (such as NMR)

Day-to-day you’ll be in the laboratory performing experiments, writing up and analysing data from previous experiments and discussing your results and research plans with colleagues.

Biochemistry programmes are almost always advertised research projects, with the key aim pre-determined by the supervisor. Although the aim is set, you are still free to influence the direction of the project along the way. These advertised programmes usually come with full funding attached.

It is uncommon to propose your own research in Biochemistry as you must find a supervisor with research goals that overlap with your project, who also has adequate equipment for your experimental work, and you must find sufficient funding for bench and PhD fees.

Regardless of being funded or not, your PhD will end with a thesis of around 60,000 words, which contributes significantly to the knowledge of the field. To be awarded your PhD, you’ll then need to defend your thesis during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biochemistry PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biochemistry such as Biology or Chemistry, with at least a Merit or Distinction. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Biochemistry funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biochemistry PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

It’s uncommon for Biochemistry PhD students to be ‘self-funded’ due to the additional bench fees. However, if you were planning to fund yourself it might be achievable (depending on your project) through the UK government’s PhD loan and part-time work.

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Mining the Hippo signalling pathway for novel anti-cancer therapeutics

Candidates are invited to join the Kadri Lab where our research focuses on developing innovative chemical approaches for the discovery of novel therapeutics to address unmet global health needs. Read more

Characterisation of the role of Panx1/Panx2 in primary endothelial cells

Pannexins are a family of proteins that are evolutionary related to the gap-junction forming proteins, innexins (1). Three members have been identified, Panx1, Panx2 and Panx3, and they show distinct tissue distribution. Read more

The role of signalling pathways in cancer initation

The role of signalling pathways in the initiation and progression of cancer is an extensively studied but not understood field. How cancer can initiate and keep progressing is something that fascinates researchers. Read more

A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go...wrong: Disruption of the intrinsic protection in the heart by hyperglycaemia

Hyperglycaemia at the time a patient suffers a heart attack has been shown to cause a poorer outcome for the patient. This can be an increased infarct size, poorer long-term prognosis, increased risk of developing heart failure, but also an increased likelihood of death from the initial cardiac event. Read more

PhD Project - Innovative materials for biomarker profiling and isolation, within bespoke 3D-printed devices for liquid chromatography

The detection of biomarkers is critical in early diagnosis, and health-monitoring. To do this, highly specific materials are required, capable of interacting with biomarkers to allow their isolation, concentration, and separation from complex biological mixtures. Read more

MSc(Res) Opportunity: Probing insulin complexation using fluorescent approaches

An opportunity for a funded Masters of Science (by research) degree is available under the supervision of Dr Alan Stewart. You should have a 2:1 degree or above in a relevant subject. Read more

Common Peripheral Inflammatory Diseases: An Underestimated Stroke Risk Factor

A potential trigger for cryptogenic strokes in young adults is the long-lived hyper-inflammation associated with chronic peripheral inflammatory diseases including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Read more

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