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Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 63 Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

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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Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Metagenomics

Job Advertisement. Leibniz-HKI-27/2023. The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI) investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. Read more

Industry-funded PhD Studentship with Exscientia in Structural Bioinformatics

Many viruses, including major human pathogens, encode virus assembly instructions in their genomes. This “assembly code” consists of multiple dispersed sequence/structure motifs called packaging signals, that play key roles in efficient particle formation. Read more
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Engineering enzyme assemblies for rapid plastic breakdown

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3.5 year PhD to commence in October 2023. The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health, and will be supervised by . Read more
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Fast imaging for low-field MRI

The Adaptable MRI Technology (AMT) Centre is looking to appoint a PhD candidate for the development of accelerated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at low and ultra-low magnetic field. Read more
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Interventional low-field MR imaging

The Adaptable MRI Technology (AMT) Centre is looking to appoint a PhD candidate for the development of fast quantitative imaging to monitor intervention on low-field MRI systems. Read more

Using neurofeedback during exergaming to improve balance in people living with Parkinson’s Disease

Project Description. People living with Parkinson’s (PwP) rank balance problems amongst the most disabling symptom. Over time, balance function continues to decline and PwP go on to fall, affecting between 45-68% of PwP. Read more
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Membrane shaping in cilia formation and function

Supervisors: Dr Mark van Breugel. Funding: SBBS Start-up Studentship. Deadline: 15th June 2023. The following fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences with an expected start date of Sept 2023. Read more

Moving softly: how the interplay of neuronal circuits and biomechanics enables complex movement in soft-bodied animals

Soft bodied animals can radically change their body shape, squeeze through cracks, then crawl, roll, tunnel, or even jump. Controlling soft bodies is difficult because they have highly non-linear physical properties and virtually unlimited degrees of freedom. Read more

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