What’s it like to do a PhD in Biophysics?
Doing a PhD in Biophysics, you’ll develop a wide variety of skills from bioinformatics such as programming, statistics, and data science to skills in the laboratory. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject means you’ll be reading literature spanning many topics and will gain a range of knowledge.
Some typical research topics in Biophysics include:
- Development of novel microscopy and bioimaging techniques
- Development or improvement of drug delivery systems
- Production of novel therapeutics
- Innovating bioengineered materials
- Understanding a biological process through modelling and techniques more commonly used in physics.
Biophysics programmes are mostly fully-funded, either through the university or a doctoral training programme. The projects are generally advertised, with the main research aim determined by the supervisor.
It is uncommon to propose your own project in Biophysics as you must find a supervisor with interests that fit your project that also has sufficient equipment/software for your work, and you’ll need to find funding to cover PhD and bench fees.
In a general day, you’ll be working on or tweaking your design in software such as MATLAB, doing some experimental work in the laboratory, and talking to your supervisor and colleagues about your work.
At the end of your final year, you’ll create an original thesis of around 60,000 words, which you’ll defend during your viva exam.