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Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

We have 17 Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

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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Pathogen surveillance from wastewater using real-time nanopore sequencing

Genomic surveillance from wastewater was used successfully during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic to inform public health measures by monitoring case numbers and the emergence of new variants. Read more

Exploring the contribution of the environment on disease onset in disadvantaged and minority populations.

Environmental pollution kills ~9 million people per year worldwide, affecting 1 in 6 individuals [1]. The burden of pollution-related deaths, diseases and the economic losses are suffered most greatly by deprived communities [1]. Read more

Developing and applying computational methods to study ageing and rejuvenation

Ageing is the chief biomedical challenge of the 21st century, yet it remains a major puzzle of biology. Recent studies have shown that cells can be rejuvenated, and biological clocks reset, using cellular reprogramming. Read more

Biology of Ageing and Rejuvenation

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in the biology of ageing to join the Genomics of Ageing and Rejuvenation Lab led by Prof Joao Pedro de Magalhaes (. Read more

Genomics of bacterial pathobionts and commensals of the human respiratory tract

 . Bacterial colonisation of the human upper respiratory tract (URT) is a pre-requisite for multiple diseases including pneumonia, otitis media, sinusitis, exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and, less commonly, diseases resulting from bacteraemia such as meningitis. Read more
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Time Series for Mechanistic and Causal Models

Time Series appear ubiquitous in sciences and society, including financial time series, time series of disease spreads or time series of key molecules regulating the life and death of cells, animals, and humans. Read more

PhD in Women's Health Reseacrh

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in Women’s Health led by Shakila Thangaratinam (Professor Shakila Thangaratinam - Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research - University of Birmingham). Read more

Fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Hydrogen

Do you want your PhD study to be part of a meaningful contribution towards a net-zero energy system?. Are you curious to discover how an energy research environment can be enriched through different perspectives from fellow researchers?. Read more

Self-funded research projects in the College of Health & Life Sciences

An opportunity for self-funded students to choose one of 30 exciting 3 year projects in the College of Health & Life Sciences. Read more

Novel avenues in inflammation, vascular and bone research

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in musculoskeletal ageing and immune-mediated chronic inflammatory diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular disease) to join the Inflammation, Vascular and Bone team (IVB) led by Dr Helen McGettrick (. Read more

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