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We have 114 Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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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Are shellfish hotspots for AMR evolution and transmission? [microbiology, evolutionary biology, bio-clinical science, public health, aquaculture] – PhD (Funded)

Location. Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn Campus, Cornwall and Cefas in Weymouth. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter have a Strategic Alliance that aims to combine the complementary capabilities and perspectives of both organisations. Read more

Help from the past: exploring the genomic architecture of a historical collection of Vibriobacteria in the hunt for novel antimicrobials, [Microbiology/Bioinformatics)] – PhD (Funded)

Location. Biosciences, Streatham Campus, Exeter. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter have a Strategic Alliance that aims to combine the complementary capabilities and perspectives of both organisations. Read more

PhD studentship in Artificial Intelligence for Phenotypic Virtual Screening

Environment. Imperial College London is consistently rated as one of the World’s leading universities (. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2022. Read more

Fully funded PhD Dairy research fellowships in Victoria, Australia

The successful candidates will receive a $33,000 AUD p.a (tax-free) scholarship for up to three and a half years, professional development programs, international travel opportunities, industry exposure and access to state-of-the-art technologies. Read more

Fully funded PhD Dairy research fellowships in Victoria, Australia

The successful candidates will receive a $33,000 AUD p.a (tax-free) scholarship for up to three and a half years, professional development programs, international travel opportunities, industry exposure and access to state-of-the-art technologies. Read more

Fully funded PhD Dairy research fellowships in Victoria, Australia

The successful candidates will receive a $33,000 AUD p.a (tax-free) scholarship for up to three and a half years, professional development programs, international travel opportunities, industry exposure and access to state-of-the-art technologies. Read more

Development of molecular simulation model for heterogeneous RNA and RNA-protein structures.

In recent years, it has become clear that RNA molecules play active roles in a variety of cell regulatory processes. In addition, RNA molecules have a great potential for therapeutic applications, as evidenced by the success of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. Read more

PhD studentship in Artificial Intelligence for Precision Oncology

Environment. Imperial College London is consistently rated as one of the World’s leading universities (. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2022. Read more

Systems Biology of Cellular Stress Response

Our cells are exposed to a large number of chemicals such as food additives, water contaminants and pollution in the air etc. Exposure to many of these leads to toxic effect and in some cases cancer and other diseases. Read more

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