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Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

We have 261 Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK)

A PhD in Genomics would give you the chance to conduct a three to four-year piece of research into the DNA of organisms. In contrast to Genetics which investigates only the coding regions of DNA, known as genes, Genomics involves studying the entire genome including both coding and non-coding regions. Projects in Genomics can either be based in the laboratory or be Bioinformatics-based, involving the analysis or large data sets.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Genomics?

Genomics is an interdisciplinary field, meaning by studying a PhD in Genomics you’ll develop knowledge and technical skills from Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Whether your project is mainly based in the laboratory or not, you’ll be working with the genome of an organism and will develop excellent skills in data science, statistics and Bioinformatics to analyse the data effectively.

Some typical research topics in Genomics include:

  • Studying the Genomics of plant or animal adaptations
  • Bioinformatic work on Genomics data studying evolution
  • Investigating the potential of genome editing
  • Understanding the function of a section of the genome
  • Researching how Genomics are involved in gene regulation

On a normal workday you’ll be investigating the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes either from the laboratory or through Bioinformatics. You’ll also spend time writing up methods or previous results and you’ll chat with your supervisor and colleagues about your current work.

Once you have completed the research project, you’ll submit an original thesis of around 60,000 words and during a viva exam you’ll defend this work.

Most Genomics programmes are advertised projects with the key aim pre-determined by the supervisor. Many of these projects are advertised with attached funding, while some require you to find your own funding, which can be tough given it must cover PhD and bench fees. The challenge of self-funding also makes proposing your own project uncommon in Genomics.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Genomics 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 Genomics funding options

The research council responsible for funding Genomics 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 Genomics 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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CSC studentship: Comparative genomics of acoustic communication in crickets

EVOLUTION OF INSECT ORCHESTRAS. Insect song is extraordinarily diverse. How did this diversity evolve?. The male advertisement song of crickets is a universally recognised backdrop to warm summer evenings, but the genetics of variation in sound production and reception are challenging to unravel. Read more

Conservation biology of breeding Natterjack toads in Ireland

This 3-year PhD, funded by the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS), will include a monitoring programme of Natterjack toad population size and trend, habitat use and conservation status. Read more

PhD Studentship in Biomedical Data Science

A 3-year studentship in the application of biomedical data science to understand the aetiologies of common diseases, create risk prediction models, and develop open computational tools and resources. Read more

Synthetic microbial communities for anaerobic digestion of waste to biogas

Project Outline Lignocellulosic plant biomass is the most abundant waste product generated by society, agriculture and industry. By 2025, global cities will generate approximately 2.2 billion tonnes of solid waste biomass per year, with significant impacts upon health and the economy at both local and global scales. Read more

Precision Medicine DTP - Genetic colocalisation across disease to identify drug repurposing candidates and risk of patient co-morbidities

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
Background. Discoverying new drugs is expensive, time intensive and fraught with failure at all stages (1). An attractive alternative, with much lower costs and faster development timelines, is to find new applications for already approved drugs, a process known as drug repurposing or drug reallocation. Read more

The role of structural variants in speciation

  Research Group: Institute of Ecology & Evolution
Structural variants (SVs) such as inversions and duplications are present in all natural populations and have been a major topic of study in genetics for the last hundred years. Read more

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