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

We have 238 Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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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China Scholarship Council: The molecular and cellular biology of dementia and motor neuron disease

Protein aggregation is central to dementia and motor neuron disease. Understanding how proteins become aggregated in disease will help us to better understand potential causes and may lead to new treatments. Read more

Modelling cardiac function in healthy hearts and diabetes

Additional Supervisor. Prof Susan Francis, University of Nottingham. There is a global pandemic of type-2 diabetes. Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a well-recognised complication, which manifests with early alterations in left ventricular (LV) structure and function. Read more

Metabolite profiling and bacterial community structures in polymicrobial infections

Additional Supervisor. Dr Freya Harrison, University of Warwick. This project seeks to understand how bacterial pathogens from polymicrobial infections interact with each other and how these interactions shape infection progress and outcome. Read more

Acoustic ecology of South African Neuroptera

There exists a 65-million-year-old acoustic battle between bats and flying insects that resumes every night across the globe. Bats, armed with ultrasonic sonar, target and pursue a myriad of night flying insects. Read more

(BBSRC DTP) Determining the role of microRNA in shaping GABAergic signalling in hippocampal networks

The precise expression of our genes is critical to the very day functioning of our brains. MicroRNAs are a class of noncoding RNAs which modulate the expression patterns of our genes and shape the transcriptomic landscape in the brain. Read more

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Use of pEEM for the quantitative analysis of protein-liposome interactions, NBL-4

Application(s) are invited from suitably qualified candidates for full-time funded PhD scholarship(s) starting in February 2024 affiliated to the Nanoscale Biophotonics Laboratory in the Discipline of Physics (School of Natural Sciences) at the University of Galway. Read more

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