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We have 188 Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Biophysics would provide you with the chance to research and develop equipment and methods to improve our understanding of Biology or improve the lives of patients. Your research may involve developing bioengineered materials, creating drug delivery systems, or innovating new detection methods. These projects often involve both time in the laboratory and time spent using software for the design aspects of the work.

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

Doing a PhD in Biophysics, you’ll develop a wide variety of skills from bioinformatics such as programming, statistics, and data science to skills in the laboratory. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject means you’ll be reading literature spanning many topics and will gain a range of knowledge.

Some typical research topics in Biophysics include:

  • Development of novel microscopy and bioimaging techniques
  • Development or improvement of drug delivery systems
  • Production of novel therapeutics
  • Innovating bioengineered materials
  • Understanding a biological process through modelling and techniques more commonly used in physics.

Biophysics programmes are mostly fully-funded, either through the university or a doctoral training programme. The projects are generally advertised, with the main research aim determined by the supervisor.

It is uncommon to propose your own project in Biophysics as you must find a supervisor with interests that fit your project that also has sufficient equipment/software for your work, and you’ll need to find funding to cover PhD and bench fees.

In a general day, you’ll be working on or tweaking your design in software such as MATLAB, doing some experimental work in the laboratory, and talking to your supervisor and colleagues about your work.

At the end of your final year, you’ll create an original thesis of around 60,000 words, which you’ll defend during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biophysics PhD programmes involve a Masters in a relevant subject including Physics, Engineering 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 Biophysics funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biophysics 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 Biophysics 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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Using microfluidics and flow cytometry to develop novel diagnostics for Leishmaniasis

The Leishmaniases are a group of neglected tropical diseases caused by >20 species of Leishmania parasites that are spread by >90 species of phlebotomine sand flies. 1 billion people in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Mediterranean are at risk, with the poor and malnourished being disproportionately affected. Read more

Can a bacteria brain play Ping-pong and Go?

Although initial discussions regarding bioelectricity and its role in the fundamental understanding of various cellular behaviours took place in the 1970s, the bioelectrical view of cells as a more general concept has remained limited to the fringes of biological research for five decades. Read more

Polymeric Micro- & Nano- Bubbles for Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance

  Research Group: School of Physics and Astronomy
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bloodstream infection that has mortality rates of 17-46% and is a daily occurrence, with over 12,700 cases in England per year. Read more

Interbrain dynamical functions for anticipating synchronisation under mutual interactions

How can we communicate with other members of society and synchronise our motion in real-time? Crucial to a sense of communication is the ability to entrain perceptually with other members of society, i.e., to be able to follow and to lead, while maintaining individual autonomy. 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

Active sticky particles

Active particles are a class of material that has been studied in detail in the past decade, in a wide range of contexts from the transport and collective behaviour of bacteria and algae to nanoengineering with artificial driven nanoparticles and colloids. 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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