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We have 23 Molecular Biology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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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Molecular mechanisms for spinal cord repair after injury: from pharmacological treatment to spatial transcriptomics

The project will investigate novel molecular mechanisms and therapeutic strategies to promote repair and regeneration in animal models of spinal cord injury and it will include cutting edge methodologies and approaches. Read more

Multiscale Models for Life (MM4L) Centre for Doctoral Training

Are you interested in bridging the gap between in vivo biology, physical and computational sciences?. We announce the new King's College London Multiscale Models for Life (MM4L) Centre for Doctoral Training. Read more

Membrane shaping in cilia formation and function

Supervisors: Dr Mark van Breugel. Funding: SBBS Start-up Studentship. Deadline: 15th June 2023. The following fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences with an expected start date of Sept 2023. Read more

Investigating neutrophil heterogeneity in ANCA-associated vasculitis

Stipend. Standard Research Council London Rate + Tuition Fees (Home rate) for 3 years. A consumables budget is also provided. Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship based in the. Read more

Multimodal AI for Multi-omics Data Integration

A fully funded PhD Studentship is available to work with. Professor Greg Slabaugh. , Professor of Computer Vision, and Director of the Digital Environment Research Institute, Queen Mary University London, and Dr Mahdi Tabassian, Associate Principal Scientist,. Read more

Impaired autophagy signalling in cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC): a novel therapeutic target.

This is a PhD opportunity funded by the British Skin Foundation to investigate how autophagy deregulation could impact tumor formation in cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma (cSCC), and to test the hypothesis that pharmacological modulation of this pathway can reduce cSCC development and progression. Read more
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Executive Dean’s PhD Studentship in Caesarean Section Infections: Targeting an Unmet Need with Novel Antimicrobials

The Centre for Inflammation Research and Translational Medicine is offering a fully funded PhD studentship to investigate novel therapeutic interventions to tackle caesarean section (C-section) infections. Read more

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