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Molecular Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

We have 32 Molecular Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Birmingham

Studying a PhD in Molecular Biology would provide you with the chance to guide your own research project. With a strong link to Cell Biology, Molecular Biology projects revolve around understanding the composition, structure, and interaction of molecules within the cell that control its function. These are generally laboratory-based projects.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Molecular Biology?

As a PhD student in Molecular Biology, you’ll develop extensive laboratory skills including DNA sequencing, expression cloning, gene knockout, and DNA or protein arrays. Your understanding of the range of techniques available to you will continually improve as you’ll read the latest publications in the field.

Some typical research topics in Molecular Biology include:

  • Understanding the role of a certain protein within a cell
  • Investigating DNA repair mechanisms and potential faults
  • Studying the difference in post-translational modifications in response to stimuli
  • Development of novel therapeutics
  • Investigating how proteins act differently in a disease
  • Studying DNA replication

A majority of Molecular Biology projects are proposed in advance by the supervisor and are advertised on the university website. Some of these projects are fully-funded by the university or a doctoral training programme, while others require you to self-fund.

Suggesting a project for yourself is uncommon in Molecular Biology, due to the challenge of finding funding to cover PhD and bench fees, as well as having to find a supervisor with suitable equipment and research interests to support your project.

Day-to-day, you’ll be in the laboratory preparing or conducting experiments, analysing previous data, creating figures, and writing up the results, alongside quick chats with your colleagues and supervisors about your work.

In the final year of your PhD, you’ll complete an original thesis of approximately 60,000 words in length and give an oral defence of this during a viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Molecular Biology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, 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 Molecular Biology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Molecular Biology 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 Molecular Biology 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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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

Determining novel molecular regulators of necrosis controlling premature cell death

Necrosis, a form of premature cell death, is frequently caused by excessive insults such as trauma, infection and toxins. It has been implicated in many human diseases including cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and inflammatory diseases. Read more

Development and Application of Enabling Methods for Drug Discovery

Transient protein-protein interactions (PPIs) control all cellular processes relevant to health and disease. Thus, a major problem in life-sciences research is to understand and manipulate PPIs with molecular and temporal resolution. 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

Analysis of pathogen determinants recognized by the hypervariable immune receptor Dscam

Background. To mount an immune response, host organisms must first recognize the pathogen with which they are infected. The first line of defense against pathogen infection in animals is provided through the innate immune response. Read more

Design, construction and testing of recombinant protein production systems for industrial biotechnology applications.

The production of recombinant biopharmaceuticals, e.g., antibody fragments and growth hormones, is a billion-dollar industry, with many therapeutic proteins being expressed in the bacterium Escherichia coli [1]. Read more

Investigating the role of lactate in tuberculosis disease

About the project. We are seeking talented, hard-working and motivated students with a passion for research in Immunology, Metabolism and Infectious diseases to join the team led by Dr Alba Llibre (. Read more

Understanding the role of the immune system in progression of fibrosis

The pathogenic mechanism of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is still not well understood. Initially believed to be a side effect of dysregulated inflammatory processes as the main driver, data now appears not to support this. Read more
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Control of breathing during exercise and respiratory neuroplasticity

The College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham offers a fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship to an enthusiastic and talented individual seeking to undertake a research project in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences. Read more

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