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We have 45 Human Genetics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Human Genetics would provide you with the time and resources to conduct a research project into Human genes. A subcategory of Genetics, Human Genetics focuses only on coding DNA, known as genes, in Humans. This could involve studying inheritance, identifying genes involved in disease or developing novel therapeutics that target gene expression. These projects are predominantly laboratory-based.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Human Genetics?

As a Human Genetics PhD student, you’ll develop a wide range of skills in and out of the laboratory, from having the technical ability to perform gel electrophoresis and western blots to polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Out of the laboratory, you’ll have excellent time management to plan your experiments, which can often span several days, and you’ll have gained a wide range of subject knowledge from reading the literature surrounding your speciality.

Some typical research topics in Human Genetics include:

  • Investigating novel genetic links to diseases such as atherosclerosis
  • Developing improved methods of assessing genetic risk for disease screening
  • Researching the possibility of mRNA treatments
  • Studying the genetics of inherited conditions
  • Investigating gene regulation e.g. during an immune challenge

The majority of Human Genetics programmes are advertised projects with the scope of the project determined by the supervisor. Many of these come with attached funding, while a few ask you to find your own funding, which can be challenging as you’ll need to cover PhD and bench fees. The difficulty self-funding also makes proposing your own project uncommon in Human Genetics.

Day-to-day you’ll be in the laboratory conducting experiments, puzzling over data and analysing it using techniques from Bioinformatics and you’ll speak to your colleagues and supervisor about your current and future work.

To be awarded your PhD you must complete a thesis of about 60,000 words that contributes to the knowledge of your field and be able to defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Human Genetics 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 Human Genetics funding options

The research council responsible for funding Human Genetics 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 less common for Human Genetics 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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Epigenetic signalling in cancer

The advent of population scale tumour genomics has revealed that the genes encoding proteins that normally act to regulate chromatin structure are amongst the most frequently mutated genes in a range of cancers. Read more

Deciphering the regulation of human mitochondrial antisense RNA

Laboratory of RNA Biology IBB PAS seeks a highly motivated PhD Student candidate who would like to join a mitochondrial research group working under the supervision of Dr Roman Szczesny. Read more
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Interstitial Lung Disease: Health economics

Interstitial Lung Disease. Health economics. Creating evidence to support health economic evaluation of interventions and treatments for interstitial lung disease in Australia. Read more
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The evolution of multiple sclerosis risk

The evolution of multiple sclerosis risk. Using signatures of natural selection to focus the search for causal genetic variants in multiple sclerosis. Read more

Investigating the role of beta-cell disallowed genes in children living with congenital hyperinsulinism.

About the Partnership. The National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Exeter (NIHR Exeter BRC) is a collaboration between University of Exeter (UoE), The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHS Royal Devon) and other SW NHS organisations. Read more

Big data and artificial intelligence in inflammatory bowel disease; personalising care through genomics, prediction, and clinical data integration

This PhD will use computer science and programming skills to integrate ‘Big data’, digital healthcare records and genomics, to develop and test tools that guide clinical decisions for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Read more
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(A*STAR) The role of Kupffer’s vesicle (KV) and node cilia in left-right axis formation and cardiac laterality defects in zebrafish and mice

Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality from birth defects. Genetic causes underlie the majority of CHD cases, yet specific genes associated with cardiac malformations are largely unknown1-4. Read more

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