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Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

We have 19 Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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We have 19 Bioinformatics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

A Bioinformatics PhD would provide you with the opportunity to work on an extended, in-detail project through the analysis of large sets of data. Bioinformatics programmes tend to be mostly ‘dry’ work with limited (if any) time in the laboratory conducting experiments. Since the focus is analysis of data, the choice of projects spans many subjects from analysing bacterial evolution, to modelling the spread of disease.

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

As a Bioinformatics PhD student, you’ll work with the latest software and become proficient with programming in R, Python and MATLAB. You’ll also gain extensive experience with techniques from statistics and data science, all of which will allow you to analyse data effectively.

Some typical research topics in Bioinformatics include:

  • Genetic mapping
  • Population dynamics
  • Epidemiological modelling (modelling disease spread)
  • Improving diagnosis through the development of an algorithm
  • Using omic technology to study a disease state
  • Modelling and predicting evolution

Most Bioinformatics programmes advertised projects with full funding attached. These projects have a pre-determined aim, but you can alter the project along the way to suit your interests.

Compared to other Biology programmes, there is more opportunity of proposing a project, though this remains uncommon. While the majority are advertised projects, some doctoral training programmes offer bioinformatics projects in a given area and leave you to propose the specifics of the project.

In a normal day you’ll be writing programmes to identify new features in the data, analysing results using statistics and data science methods and discussing your project with your supervisor and colleagues.

At the end of the three or four years you’ll complete a thesis of around 60,000 words, which will contribute to your field and you’ll defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Bioinformatics PhD programmes involve a Masters in a related subject including Maths, Biological Science, Computer Science, or Software Engineering, 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 Bioinformatics funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Bioinformatics 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 Bioinformatics 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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Investigating Noise in Ageing Cellular Power Stations

PhD Project. Imperial College Mathematics. Student Background. Theoretical Physics, Mathematics/Statistics, Electrical Engineering (Biological knowledge not required) or Quantitative Biology with an interest in experiment. Read more

Gene regulation in early vertebrate development

A PhD studentship is available to work in the laboratory of Dr. Fiona Wardle (www.kcl.ac.uk/research/profile/wardle-group) in the Randall Centre for Cell and Molecular Biophysics, King’s College London. Read more

Emergent Properties of Large Databases

The emergence of unusual or unexpected distributions in large data samples has resulted in some well-known laws, which includes Zipf’s Law in textual analysis [1], the Pareto distribution in the measurement of wealth [2], Benford’s Law in the distribution of first digits in real-world measurements [3], and Chargaff’s Second Parity Rule in genetics [4]. Read more

Postgraduate Research Opportunities at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

To deliver our research strategy of ‘Better Health for All' and our aspiration to train the research leaders of the future, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (top 10% faculties of medicine in the world, QS2022) has opened opportunities for self-funded PhD students in multiple areas of biomedical and translational research across six internationally recognised Research Institutes. Read more

PhD studentship in Artificial Intelligence for Phenotypic Virtual Screening

Environment. Imperial College London is consistently rated as one of the World’s leading universities (. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2022. Read more

PhD studentship in Artificial Intelligence for Precision Oncology

Environment. Imperial College London is consistently rated as one of the World’s leading universities (. https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2022. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

We are currently recruiting for 2022 entry for the EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering. This is an interdisciplinary programme that runs between Imperial College London, University College London and University of Manchester. Read more

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI) brings together world leading experts from King's College London and Imperial College London to train a new generation of researchers in methods of safe and trusted artificial intelligence (AI). Read more

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI) brings together world leading experts from King's College London and Imperial College London to train a new generation of researchers in methods of safe and trusted artificial intelligence (AI). Read more

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