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Endocrinology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 37 Endocrinology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

A PhD in Endocrinology gives you the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of hormones.

Whether you are looking at metabolism in people with type 1 diabetes, researching the effect of non-pharmacological interventions in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or modelling glycaemic progression and cardiorenal outcomes, you will be aiming to improve care for thousands of patients worldwide.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Endocrinology?

Doing a PhD in Endocrinology, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans cardiovascular and metabolic diseases affecting those with diabetes, renal disease, and endocrine conditions.

Some typical research topics in Endocrinology include:

  • obesity
  • biological timing
  • diabetes
  • nutrition
  • cellular physiology

Typical Endocrinology PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. You will spend time reading around your research area and gain inspiration for methods to improve your experimental work.

During a standard PhD day, you will be in the laboratory performing, preparing, or planning experiments, writing up sections of your thesis, and chatting to your colleagues and supervisor about your current and upcoming work.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend this during your viva exam.

PhD in Endocrinology entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Endocrinology usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Endocrinology, depending on the programme. 

PhD in Endocrinology funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Endocrinology are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.   before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Endocrinology (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Endocrinology, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you. 

PhD in Endocrinology careers

After completing your PhD, you may want to continue your research through a postdoctoral role or go into the NHS (National Health Service), government, or commercial sector.

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Exploring novel molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle disease in diabetes

Are you interested in metabolism and skeletal muscle biology? Are you interested in how muscle is damaged in metabolic disease? Do you want to contribute to the discovery of new therapeutics for muscle dysfunction in diabetes?. Read more

Delineation of neuronal circuits integrating nutritional signals

This is an exciting project investigating neuronal circuits regulating feeding behaviour. Obesity has reached pandemic dimensions since the last several decades and is one of the leading agents behind the increased prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Read more

Effect of androgens on preantral follicle development

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects >5% of women of reproductive age and is the most common cause of menstrual dysfunction and is associated with metabolic abnormalities and increased risk to long-term health. Read more

Protecting Mum: how hormones act on neural circuitry to regulate postpartum mood and behaviour

Mammals give birth to dependent offspring and significant parental involvement is required to ensure offspring survive. During pregnancy and in the early postpartum period, hormones act on neural circuitry to bring about key changes in a mother's mood and behaviour. Read more

How do hormones regulate memory?

Deficiencies of thyroid hormone are common throughout the globe. Adult-onset hypothyroidism is prevalent in around 8-10% of the population and is associated with reproductive disorders, anxiety, depression and impairment of memory. Read more

Cellular protein quality control in diabetes-associated heart disease: The insight into mechanisms and therapeutic potentials

Cardiovascular complications are the leading causes of diabetes mortality. With the exception of vascular and valvular injuries, diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a distinct myocardial disease, which is characterised by abnormal cellular metabolism and defects in organelles function, leading to impaired cardiac function. Read more

Effect of vitamin D in vascular and endocrine cells

Vitamin D3 deficiency is a common public health problem worldwide that is increasingly believed to contribute not only to decreased bone mineralisation but potentially to other serious medical conditions. Read more

Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

We welcome applications from graduates who wish to make an impact in the field of computational biomedical research. Our students gain the broad skillset needed to confront current and future biomedical research challenges. Read more

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