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We have 335 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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PhD Studentship - The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (‘NIBRT’)

ORGANISATION OVERVIEW. The National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (‘NIBRT’) is a global centre of excellence, headquartered in Dublin that provides training and research solutions to the global biopharmaceutical manufacturing sector. Read more
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Physiology and therapeutic modulation of oxidative phosphorylation in HIV-1 infected cells.

About the Project. Almost 4 decades after its isolation the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) is still a leading cause of morbidity and mortality infecting an estimated 38.4 million people worldwide (World Health Organization. Read more
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Life imitates art (or design, at least): Understanding a new group of membrane proteins

A PhD studentship is available to investigate the structure and function of a novel group of integral membrane proteins. This is a collaborative project between the laboratories of Dr Paul Curnow and Professor Ross Anderson in the School of Biochemistry at the University of Bristol. Read more

New strategies for the modular design of theragnostic radiopharmaceuticals

Applications are invited for an exciting 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2023. This PhD project strives to develop a new approach for the modular design and assembly of theragnostic radiopharmaceuticals. Read more

Molecular Imaging and Theragnostics for Wound Healing

Applications are invited for an exciting 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2023. The studentship is part of an interdisciplinary programme of work supervised by Dr Holly Wilkinson, Prof Mat Hardman and Prof Steve Archibald at the Hull York Medical School. Read more

Identifying the next generation of theragnostic targets in cancer

Applications are invited for an exciting 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2023. . This PhD project aims identify the next generation of theragnostic targets in cancer. Read more

Development and translation of theragnostic agents

Applications are invited for an exciting 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2023. This PhD project aims to develop novel theragnostic agents for clinical translation in cancer therapy. Read more

ABM CDT The mechanisms of portable negative pressure wound therapy on wounds

Wounds are a major unmet healthcare burden that impact on millions of patients per year. From those undergoing simple surgeries to complex ulcers of the lower limbs, a common form of therapy is the use of negative pressure wound therapy. Read more

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