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Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 18 Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

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We have 18 Biophysics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

A PhD in Biophysics would provide you with the chance to research and develop equipment and methods to improve our understanding of Biology or improve the lives of patients. Your research may involve developing bioengineered materials, creating drug delivery systems, or innovating new detection methods. These projects often involve both time in the laboratory and time spent using software for the design aspects of the work.

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.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Biophysics PhD programmes involve a Masters in a relevant subject including Physics, Engineering or Chemistry 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 Biophysics funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Biophysics 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 Biophysics 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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Design principles and emergent behavior in biological systems

Student background. Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering (background in biology not necessary). The student will develop mathematical and computational approaches to analyze the behavior of complex biological systems, focusing on analyzing physiological dynamics. Read more

The role of the atmosphere in shaping and sustaining microbial communities on glaciers

  Research Group: Earth Surface Science
Supervisors. James Bradley, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Anne Jungblut, Natural History Museum, UK. Co-supervisors. Chris Greening, Monash University, Australia. Read more

The Physics of Nanoscopic Liquid Droplets in Biology

  Research Group: Physics of Life - Biological Physics and Biophysics
Liquid-liquid phase separation is emerging as a crucial phenomenon in living organisms (. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aaf4382. Read more

Structure and function of Batten disease proteins

The neuronal ceroid lipofucscinoses are a group of inherited neurodegenerative disorders with primarily childhood onset. The most common form, also known as Batten disease or CLN3 disease, is caused by recessively inherited mutation in the CLN3 gene. Read more

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

Modelling cross-linked fibre networks in flow

  Research Group: School of Computing
Many industrial and biomedical materials consist of a fibrous solid phase immersed in a viscous fluid, e.g. the cellular cytoskeleton, tissue engineering scaffolds, medical filters, fibre reinforced materials etc. Read more

Pushing the Resolution Limits of High-Speed Atomic Force Microscopy

  Research Group: School of Physics and Astronomy
Understanding the structural dynamics of complex molecules is vital to advancing our knowledge of materials, medicine and diseases, yet there are few techniques which can capture motions at high enough speeds or resolution to understand the underlying behaviour. Read more

Mapping the conformational signalling landscape of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

As a research group we are interested in the role that G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play in cellular signalling. We aim at understanding how these membrane embedded receptors function and what external factors influence their behaviour as sensors of the cell. Read more

Structure, regulation and dynamics of small G proteins and their interactions with membranes and effector proteins

Our lab are interested in cell signalling via small G proteins of the Ras superfamily. We use a range of biochemical, biophysical and structural approaches to understand these fascinating proteins, which are involved in multiple cellular processes and are often deregulated in diseases such as cancer. Read more

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in AI-enabled Healthcare Systems

Up to ten 4-year PhD Studentships available starting September 2022. A unique training and research opportunity, preparing future leaders who will go on to solve the most pressing healthcare challenges with the most innovative artificial intelligence solutions. Read more

UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Biomedical Artificial Intelligence

Building on the tradition of world-leading research and innovation at the University of Edinburgh, our Centre will train a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists who will shape the development of AI within biomedical research over the next decades. Read more

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