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We have 168 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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How do viral capsids subvert host defences and deliver viral genomes into the host cell nucleus?

Seeking a curious PhD student to join our interdisciplinary Structural Virology and Molecular. Machines group at the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science (SMS) at UNSW Sydney. Read more

Uncovering anti-arrhythmic potential of stellate ganglion purinergic receptors.

Background. Cardiovascular disease affects over 30% of people worldwide, and is one of the leading causes of death each year. Elevated sympathetic nerve activity is a common feature of cardiovascular disease, contributing to end-organ damage, morbidity and mortality [1-3]. Read more

Biomedical Sciences PhD Programme

PhD Programme in Biomedical Sciences is a programme at the Doctoral School of Exact and Natural Sciences the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a strong inter-disciplinary, international inter-sectoral research and training dimension. Read more

PhD study in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology

The PhD programme lasts for 8 semesters and the number of ECTS credits assigned to the programme is at least 40. The programme offers courses developing professional and didactic skills as well as general knowledge. Read more

Gene regulation using a CRISPR/Cas9-based histone variant deposition

Pseudogenes are functionless remnants of DNA that are copied from parental genes during evolution. EP400 N-terminal-Like (EP400NL) gene was thought to be a pseudogene, located next to the parental EP400 gene in the chromosome. Read more

Protein structure and dynamics of the type six secretion system

Graduate student positions in Biochemistry and Microbiology.  The Prehna Lab is looking for enthusiastic MSc or PhD students to join the Department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba, Canada (. Read more

A novel paradigm of neuro-immuno-metabolic axis in liver disease

About Lab of Liver Research. Liver-centered multi-organ crosstalk between adipose tissue, gut and brain has been shown to involve in various liver diseases, ranging from alcoholic liver disease, steatohepatitis and fibrosis. Read more

Neuropeptide Research – PhD Position at a World Class Institution

Neuropeptides are key mediators in many biological functions and understanding their interaction with target proteins is fundamental to unravel the underlying mechanism of diseases. Read more

Fully-Funded OIST International PhD Program

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) accredited in 2011 as a graduate university located in a beautiful subtropical island of Okinawa, Japan. Read more

Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland. Read more

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