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

We have 9 Molecular Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Edinburgh

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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Structure and function of the mitochondrial DNA network in trypanosomatid parasites

  Research Group: Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
Project offered for Ker Memorial PhD Studentship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh. Trypanosomatid parasites cause devastating diseases in humans and their livestock, and these diseases predominantly affect low- and middle-income countries. Read more

How does the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans, exploit its metabolic flexibility to enhance its virulence?

Project offered for Ker Memorial PhD Studnetship in Infectious Diseases. Fungal pathogens kill over a million people every year. The most common human fungal pathogen is Candida albicans, a WHO-priority target. Read more

Identifying focal points and functional relevance of host-microbe communication during tissue injury and repair

  Research Group: Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
Project offered for Ker Memorial PhD Studentship in Infectious Diseases. Tissue repair is critical for a eukaryotic host to return to homeostasis following acute injuries. Read more

How is a grass leaf patterned from its base to its tip?

  Research Group: Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate to join The Plant Shape Lab, as part of the recently funded DynaLines Project. Read more

Comparing the neuronal function of mouse noradrenaline and dopamine systems in learning

Applications are invited for one 3.5 year full-time fully funded PhD studentship in the lab of Dr Rebecca Jordan within the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain at the University of Edinburgh. Read more
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An Engineering Biology Approach to the Sustainable Bio-Production of Fragrances and Flavourings from Waste Feedstocks in Bacteria

  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Biotechnology has emerged as a modern industrial technology that promises to create new processes for the sustainable manufacture of every-day products in a way that is no longer so destructive to the environment. Read more
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MScR Is IgA deficiency a feature of canine atopic dermatitis in small and medium sized dogs?

Applications are sought for candidates with backgrounds in Animal/Veterinary Science, Biological Sciences or Veterinary Medicine with an interest in laboratory work and clinical research in companion animal species for the above MScR position jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). Read more
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