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Genetic Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

We have 95 Genetic Engineering PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students in the UK

Studying a PhD in Genetic Engineering would give you the time and resources to lead your own research project, based around modifying genetics. You’ll likely be genetically altering human, plant or yeast cells to attempt to prevent disease, improve yield or produce a biological product for industry. Almost all of these projects are laboratory based.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Genetic Engineering?

Doing a PhD in Genetic Engineering, you’ll gain the laboratory skills to use cutting edge techniques including CRISPR, as well as classic techniques such as electrophoresis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and plasmid transformation. You’ll read the literature surrounding your area, which will inspire new methods for your own research.

Some typical research topics in Genetic Engineering include:

  • Investigating a network of genes involved in development or disease
  • Developing a production method for medication or biofuel using yeast or bacteria
  • Using genetic methods to identify novel compounds in fungi or bacteria
  • Genetically modifying mitochondria to treat inherited conditions
  • Development of novel ligands as antiviral, antibiotic or anticancer treatments
  • Modifying crops to increase yield or resistance to pests

Genetic Engineering PhD programmes are usually fully funded by either the university or a doctoral training programme. These projects are proposed by the supervisor and advertised online.

Writing your own research proposal is uncommon in Genetic Engineering as you’ll need to find funding to cover both PhD and bench fees, as well as finding a supervisor with the expertise and equipment required for your project.

Whether you join an advertised project or propose your own, you’ll write a thesis of approximately 60,000 words that contributes to the knowledge of your field and defend your work in a viva exam.

In an ordinary day, you’ll spend time in the laboratory preparing or conducting experiments, reading the literature, writing up your previous work and discussing methods and results with your supervisor.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Genetic Engineering 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 Genetic Engineering funding options

The research council responsible for funding Genetic Engineering 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 Genetic Engineering 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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Refactoring microbial nanoparticle synthesis pathways

  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Metal nanoparticle synthesis has been observed in several species of bacteria but the underlying mechanisms of synthesis are not well understood. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: How does the location of a redox signal determine how cells respond?

Project Summary. This iCASE BBSRC DTP studentship provides an exciting opportunity to use a diverse range of cutting-edge techniques, and exploit the advantages of different model systems, to elucidate new cell signalling mechanisms that protect against ageing/age-associated diseases. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: How to resolve the big break-up: understanding the role of novel DNA damage repair mechanisms in Gram-positive bacteria

By 2050, bacterial pathogens will be the foremost threat to human health due to the rise in antimicrobial resistance. For instance, Staphylococcus aureus is the leading Gram-positive bacterium causing death from bacterial infections worldwide and was accounted for killing around one million people in 2019. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: How can proteins sense micro-scale membrane topography?

We are seeking a highly motivated student keen to do molecular cell biology research in a hitherto unexplored regulatory mechanism – how proteins (nanoscale) can sense microscale changes in cell membrane topography/shape? [1,2].The control of protein localisation at the cell membrane is key to cell signalling. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: Critical evaluation of mitophagy, mitochondrial dysfunction and senescence axis

Many types of cells become senescent as a response to a variety of stressors, and show distinct senescence phenotype such as persistent DNA damage, mitochondrial dysfunction, increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and pro-inflammatory cytokine. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: Deciphering the role of transcriptional enhancers in developmental gene regulation

Healthy cartilage in our joints is essential for us to maintain an active life into old age, with cartilage breakdown causing chronic pain, joint stiffness and reduced mobility. Chondrocytes, the only cell type present in cartilage, have a specialised phenotype that is initiated during development and then maintained throughout our lives. Read more

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