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Research opportunities in Life Sciences at Brunel University London

Research opportunities in Life Sciences at Brunel University London

If you’re looking make an impact in the world of science, Brunel offers you the highest standard of research supervision in our extensive range of labs that will set you up for future success.

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Areas of research excellence in Life Sciences at Brunel

Biomedical Sciences

Our academics are internationally renowned scientists in their fields of expertise and are involved in making major advances and breakthroughs in human diseases and syndromes, including breast, prostate and skin cancer, leukaemia, progeria (premature ageing), tuberculosis, malaria, aspergillus infection, trinucleotide repeat diseases and normal ageing. Brunel research is internationally regarded and offers talented researchers the opportunity to work in a range of specialist areas including Nuclear & Genome Organisation, Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis & Therapeutics, Genetic Disease, Ageing, Immunology & Infection, Radiobiology and Endocrinology.

Environmental Sciences

Our research aims to increase understanding of the links between the environment and human and wildlife. We have considerable expertise in chemicals, health and the environment, winning a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research revealing the link between chemicals in rivers and reproductive health. Our researchers have world-leading track records in environmental chemistry, toxicology and ecotoxicology, and our facilities include state-of-the-art equipment for the chemical analysis of samples and molecular and cell biology.


Research in Psychology is broad in scope and includes cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, evolutionary psychology, social and cross-cultural psychology, and health and well-being. Research within the division is supported through a well-resourced infrastructure including MRI, EEG, TMS, and eye-tracking facilities, cubicles for testing, hardware and software resources, psychometric test library, and other specialist equipment. Our research strengths are in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology.

Sports Science

Placed fifth in the UK for research power in REF2014, our sport and exercise research is the highest ranked in London, with 83% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our researchers work in the cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological research and also focus on integrative aspects of human physiology, biomechanics and psychology of sport and exercise. We investigate the role of sport, health and wellbeing in contemporary society and their relevance to policy and practice. Our work spans a wide remit, from analysis of healthy lifestyles and recreational sport participation, to research into elite sport systems and performers.

Research opportunities in Life Sciences at Brunel University London

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Funding opportunities

During their PhD, students have access to funding to present their work at a scientific conference in the UK and internationally. In addition there are a number of research studentships offered throughout the year. Please see the Funding pages for more details.

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