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Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 151 Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 151 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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Developing low-cost diagnostic tests for use at the point of care

Electrochemical biosensors have great potential for development into low-cost and distributed diagnostic testing technologies. The eventual roll out of such technologies has the potential to revolutionise how health care is delivered. Read more

Face off – Dissecting the role of phase separation in viral replication and antiviral responses

Background. The assembly of membraneless organelles is emerging as a fundamental paradigm for many cellular functions. Among these, stress granules (SGs) play a central role in health and disease by concentrating proteins and RNAs, driving adaption to stressful conditions, including viral infection. Read more

Funded Masters by Research - Studentships Competition

We present an exciting opportunity to fund the tuition and bench fees for up to four Master's by Research projects within the Centre of Bioscience at Manchester Metropolitan University. Read more

PhD Position (m/f/d) | Alkaloid Biosynthesis, Evolution and Engineering in Medicinal Plants

The department of Natural Product Biosynthesis (Prof. Dr. Sarah E. O’Connor) at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena invites highly motivated candidates to apply for a 3-year PhD position to study alkaloid biosynthesis, evolution and engineering in medicinal plants. . Read more

Novel Antimicrobials to Manage Antimicrobial Resistant S. aureus in Wound Biofilms.

Applications are invited for an exciting 4-year fully funded PhD studentship. This PhD project is part of a larger cohort of studentships supported by the National Biofilms Innovation Centre Collaborative Training Partnerships Scheme. . Read more

Identifying New Antimicrobials against S. aureus in Chronic Wound Biofilms

Applications are invited for an exciting 4-year fully funded PhD studentship. This PhD project is part of a larger cohort of studentships supported by the National Biofilms Innovation Centre Collaborative Training Partnerships Scheme. . Read more

Chemical glycobiology approaches for the characterisation of pseudaminyl transferase enzymes

A PhD position is available in the lab of Dr Martin Fascione and Prof Gavin Thomas to work on an ERC Consolidator Grant funded chemical glycobiology project focussed on the discovery and inhibition of novel glycosyl transferase enzymes active on rare pseudaminic acid sugars (1, 2, 3) present on bacterial surfaces. Read more

New synthetic methodology developments for innovations in antibody drug conjugate (ADC) linker design

The project will develop new synthetic methodologies for the overall aim of delivering novel chemical linkers for ADCs. This is a collaboration with AstraZeneca scientists who are world-leaders in ADC technology. Read more

Seaweed farming in Europe: appraisal and quantification of ecosystem services

The big picture. If a biobased industry using seaweed cultivation is to be developed and significantly upscaled, then there is a need to ensure that industry meets multiple criteria for environmental sustainability. Read more

Leveraging polysaccharide degrading abilities of wastewater treatment microbiomes to develop clean future polymers

The overarching goal of this project is to characterise the natural polysaccharide-degrading ability of wastewater treatment plant microbiomes to tailor production of functionalised 'clean future polymers' that are likely to be degraded prior to discharge of wastewater back into the environment. Read more

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