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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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Ecosystem resilience to pathogens

A fully funded PhD scholarship is available via the QUEX scheme, jointly supervised by Associate Professor Jan Engelstaedter (The University of Queensland, Australia) and Dr Ben Longdon (University of Exeter, UK). Read more

TYLERK_U23MED - Functional Genomics and Metagenomics of Cryptosporidiosis

Human cryptosporidiosis is the leading protozoan cause of diarrhoeal mortality worldwide, and most infection is caused by either person to person transmitted Cryptosporidium hominis or the presumptively zoonotic C. Read more

Molecular Dynamic modelling of DNA repair sites

DNA structure and sequence context plays an important role in the rate of DNA repair. The influence of small changes in both nearest and further neighbouring bases have been studied, however, the interactions between DNA-carcinogens and these base contexts are largely unknown. Read more

PhD Studentship Opportunity: The relationship of psychological symptoms in dementias to genetic risk

Introduction. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a funded PhD in a novel area of dementia research, using genetic information to investigate the causes of non memory symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Read more
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Mathematical modelling of oral microbiome resilience

Maintenance of oral health is essential. It is known that the microbiome, host response, and human behaviours (e.g. tooth brushing) play an essential role in maintaining oral health. Read more

Assessing the use of retinal images for the early diagnosis of ageing-associated neurological diseases

Are you interested in AI as well as the brain? Then this interdisciplinary 4-year PhD studentship might be for you. we are looking for a bright and highly motivated student to utilise modern Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to analyse images of the retina. Read more

Explainable AI (XAI) for Health

Supervisory Team. Dr Mercedes Arguello Casteleiro, Professor Chris Freeman, Dr Mark Weal. Project description. The UK's Digital Health Industry has an estimated £1.9bn turnover. Read more

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