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Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 431 Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

A Bioinformatics PhD would provide you with the opportunity to work on an extended, in-detail project through the analysis of large sets of data. Bioinformatics programmes tend to be mostly ‘dry’ work with limited (if any) time in the laboratory conducting experiments. Since the focus is analysis of data, the choice of projects spans many subjects from analysing bacterial evolution, to modelling the spread of disease.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Bioinformatics?

As a Bioinformatics PhD student, you’ll work with the latest software and become proficient with programming in R, Python and MATLAB. You’ll also gain extensive experience with techniques from statistics and data science, all of which will allow you to analyse data effectively.

Some typical research topics in Bioinformatics include:

  • Genetic mapping
  • Population dynamics
  • Epidemiological modelling (modelling disease spread)
  • Improving diagnosis through the development of an algorithm
  • Using omic technology to study a disease state
  • Modelling and predicting evolution

Most Bioinformatics programmes advertised projects with full funding attached. These projects have a pre-determined aim, but you can alter the project along the way to suit your interests.

Compared to other Biology programmes, there is more opportunity of proposing a project, though this remains uncommon. While the majority are advertised projects, some doctoral training programmes offer bioinformatics projects in a given area and leave you to propose the specifics of the project.

In a normal day you’ll be writing programmes to identify new features in the data, analysing results using statistics and data science methods and discussing your project with your supervisor and colleagues.

At the end of the three or four years you’ll complete a thesis of around 60,000 words, which will contribute to your field and you’ll defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Bioinformatics PhD programmes involve a Masters in a related subject including Maths, Biological Science, Computer Science, or Software Engineering, 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 Bioinformatics funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Bioinformatics 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 Bioinformatics 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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The British Heart Foundation 4-year PhD programme in Cardiovascular Science

The programme is held by the University/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science. Research is investigator-led and based around key themes. Read more


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Analysis of the roles of protein arginine methylation in motor neuron disease using quantitative proteomics

This project is on offer as part of the studentship scheme of the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research. The Euan MacDonald Centre is a multi-disciplinary network of MND researchers across Scotland. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Exploring retinal biomarkers as a novel predictor of pregnancy complications including stillbirth

  Research Group: Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Background. Every 16 seconds one baby is stillborn. That amounts to more than two million stillborn babies globally every year. Stillbirths have long-lasting personal and psychological consequences for parents and families, as well as substantial costs for wider society. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Genetic colocalisation across disease to identify drug repurposing candidates and risk of patient co-morbidities

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
Background. Discoverying new drugs is expensive, time intensive and fraught with failure at all stages (1). An attractive alternative, with much lower costs and faster development timelines, is to find new applications for already approved drugs, a process known as drug repurposing or drug reallocation. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Could disrupted functional connectivity between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex be an early marker of vascular cognitive impairment in dementia?

  Research Group: Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
Additional supervisor. Prof Simon Hanslmayr [University of Glasgow]. Background. The healthy blood-brain barrier (BBB) maintains selective permeability and controls cerebral blood flow to ensure efficient energy supply, prompt waste removal, and balance chemical composition in the interstitial fluid. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Integrative single-cell transcriptomic to identify novel mediator of human blood progenitor proliferation

  Research Group: MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine
Background. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the most widely used cells for cell therapy because of their unique ability to reconstitute the entire blood and immune system upon transplantation. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Quantitative analysis of intrinsic antibiotic resistance in the major nosocomial pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae

Background. Antibiotic resistance poses a global and severe threat to human, animal and planetary health. Typically, resistance arises through genetic mutations or via the acquisition of genes that allow bacteria to resist antibiotics. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - A Personalized Approach - Putting the Squeeze on Mesothelioma

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
Additional Supervisor. Prof Janne Lehtioe [Karolinska Institutet]. Background. Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos induced, infiltrative, aggressive and incurable cancer that originates in the pleural lining of the lung. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - A multimodal approach to stratification and prognostication in metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD)

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
Additional Supervisor. Prof Hannes Hagstrom [Karolinska Institutet]. Background. Metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD), previously termed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is the most common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide affecting more than one in four adults. Read more

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