Biochemistry PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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We have 166 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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Studies of complex biomolecular systems using advanced biochemical and biophysical techniques

The project, led by. Associate Professors Mehdi Mobli. and. Jeffrey Harmer. , aims to develop new tools to reveal the structure and dynamics of complex protein systems within their native environment by combining innovative biochemistry, new magnetic resonance spectroscopy and high performance computing. Read more

PhD Positions in Life Science and Biomedicine Research Groups supported by a structured PhD program

The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD) offers PhD positions… Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. Read more

Phase transitions underlying viral replication: understanding the selectivity of viral replication factories through the lens of biomolecular condensates

There is an urgent need for new drugs to combat pathogenic viruses. Most existing antivirals inhibit virus attachment/entry or target key enzymes, and new antiviral targets are needed to develop novel treatments and counter antiviral resistance. Read more

Mapping the conformational signalling landscape of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

As a research group we are interested in the role that G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play in cellular signalling. We aim at understanding how these membrane embedded receptors function and what external factors influence their behaviour as sensors of the cell. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT CDT)

The University of Manchester is looking for the next generation of leaders in chemistry and engineering. Candidates should hold at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) from a relevant STEM discipline. Read more

Antibody Purification

We are developing a non-chromatographic, ligand-free general platform for antibody purification that is simple to implement, easy to upscale, cost-effective, and as such may provide a true alternative to the gold-standard technology. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine (lifETIME)

The CDT in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine is a partnership between the University of Glasgow, University of Birmingham, Aston University and National University of Ireland Galway. Read more

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