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We have 152 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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Fully-funded 3.5-year dual PhD studentship to investigate the efficient, controlled delivery of synthetic anion carriers to cystic fibrosis epithelial cells

A 3.5-year dual PhD position is available at the University of Bristol and Macquarie University from January 2023. In this project, we aim to investigate the controlled delivery of artificial anion transporters (anionophores) to epithelial cells using innovative drug delivery platforms. Read more

Directed protein evolution for predicting viral escape mechanisms and development of viral therapeutics

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology offer a fully funded 3.5 year PhD. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD student to study molecular mechanisms of protein:protein interactions and molecular evolution relevant to viruses. Read more

Directed protein evolution for predicting viral escape mechanisms and development of viral therapeutics

Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology offer a fully funded 3.5 year PhD. We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated PhD student to study molecular mechanisms of protein:protein interactions and molecular evolution relevant to viruses. Read more
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Understanding radionuclide behaviour at the plant-soil interface to direct bioremediation strategies for contaminated land

This PhD project will use plant biology, microbiology, soil geochemistry, and radiochemistry approaches to investigate the role that plants and associated microorganisms can play in managing and potentially decontaminating radioactive contaminated land, such as by ‘phytoremediation’. Read more

Nanostructured Self-Assembly of Bio-Derived and Bio-Inspired Lipid-Based Amphiphiles: Analysis and Biochemistry

This exciting research project is associated with an EPSRC Fellowship award to Prof Hamley. This is a 4-year project which also involves two postdoctoral researchers and another PhD studentship. Read more

Noise-induced transitions in gene regulatory networks

Our world is characterized by noise sources at different spatial and temporal scales. For instance biomolecules in cells undergo Brownian motion before ultimately interacting with their targets. Read more

Electrochemical detection of unlabelled antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 variations based on carbon derivative electrodes

The investigation of infection-related biomarkers has become crucial after the outbreak of covid-19 in 2019. For this reason, research is vital to responding to the changing situation, caused by mutation of the virus, and the impacts of infection after it has occurred. . Read more

PhD Student in 3D skin proteomics

The Dengjel Lab at the Dept. of Biology, University of Fribourg (. www.unifr.ch/bio/en/research/biochemistry/dengjel.html. ) is interested in skin biology and wound healing (1-2). Read more

Engineering a novel microneedle patch for minimally invasive diagnosis of cutaneous Leishmaniasis at the point-of-care

Funding is available for a 4-year PhD studentship at Imperial College London, starting between October 2022 and January 2023. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Physical or Natural Sciences (preferably Bioengineering, Biomaterials, Chemistry or Chemical Biology). Read more

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