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Molecular Genetics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 118 Molecular Genetics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD in Molecular Genetics

A Molecular Genetics PhD would provide you with the time and resources to shape your own three to four-year research project. A sub-category within Genetics, Molecular Genetics is focused on studying how variations in DNA structure affects variation between organisms. Your project could be searching for mutations within a gene, determining the structure and function of a specific gene or identifying genetic links to disease.

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

Studying a PhD in Molecular Genetics, you’ll gain laboratory skills from many disciplines including Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology. You’ll also read literature surrounding your area of research to identify gaps in the knowledge and gain inspiration for new methods.

Some typical research topics in Molecular Genetics include:

  • Studying gene regulation in response to a form of stress
  • Attempting to find a link between a disease and a certain gene
  • Identifying the genes involved in a certain process
  • Identifying and studying gene mutations
  • Studying how stem cell DNA is altered when acquiring a fate

Molecular Genetics projects are almost always advertised projects, with the key aim and general scope of the project pre-determined by the supervisor. Often these projects have full funding attached from a doctoral training programme or the university, but some ask you to find your own source of funding.

Writing your own research proposal is uncommon in Molecular Biology, partly because it can be challenging to self-fund with the cost of bench fees as well as traditional PhD fees, but also due to difficulty finding a supervisor with an interest and the appropriate equipment for your project.

In a general day, you’ll be planning or carrying out experiments in the laboratory, analysing previous data, writing up your methods and results and discuss your work with colleagues and your supervisor.

To be awarded your PhD, you must complete an original thesis of around 60,000 words and successfully defend your work during a viva exam.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for most Molecular 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 Molecular Genetics Funding Options

The research council responsible for funding Molecular 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 Molecular 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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PhD Studentship in quantitative genetics of neurodevelopment

The student will have the opportunity to work on a project analysing data from large-scale longitudinal and developmental cohorts with a focus on infant and child phenotypes. Read more

Establishing the biomarker potential of extracellular RNA structure in chronic diseases

Extracellular RNAs have emerged as potentially important components of intracellular communication mechanisms. Often encapsulated within vesicular structures, the roles that they perform in are still not fully established. Read more

Eliminating Harmful Cells to Maintain Homeostatis and Prevent Tumorigenesis

Hamaratoglu Lab studies cell-cell signalling in development, homeostasis and tumourigenesis. We take advantage of outstanding genetic tools in Drosophila, and use larval imaginal discs as model epithelial organs. Read more

Multiomics of musculoskeletal disorders

About the research project. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent a significant public health concern. They encompass a wide range of conditions that impact the muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints, with risk factors varying across age groups and occupational settings. Read more

PhD in Quantitative Biology of Development and Aging

A PhD position in Quantitative Biology are available in the group of Prof. Benjamin Towbin at the Institute of Cell Biology (ICB), University of Bern (http://www.towbinlab.org). Read more

Forging a Digital Twin of the Gut-Brain Axis

Our guts shape how we think, and our minds shape how our guts work. Intestinal tracks of all animals, including humans, contain massive numbers of neurons which are essentially brains unto themselves. Read more
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The Rhonski project: Examining Rho and Notch signalling in skin development and disease

The skin provides a crucial protective layer between the human body and the outside world. Whilst the epidermis forms a barrier against infection, the inner dermis houses the blood vessels required to sustain the hair follicles and cells contained within both the epidermal and dermal layers. Read more

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