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Genetics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 210 Genetics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

A Genetics PhD would provide you with the opportunity to lead a three to four-year research project to further our understanding of Genetics. Whatever your specific area of study, you’ll be focused on analysing gene structure, function, inheritance and/or variation. You may be studying Genetics within the context of a single cell, an organism or within a population.

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

Studying a PhD in Genetics, you’ll gain extensive experience working in the laboratory including western blotting, gel electrophoresis and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). There are a wide range of methods that can be used to study genes and therefore, you’ll need to research each method to identify those best for your project.

Some typical research topics in Genetics include:

  • Studying the genetics of inherited conditions
  • Investigating the genetic changes that occur through evolution
  • Attempting to find a link between a disease and a certain gene
  • Studying the genetic mutations that arise during cancer
  • Assessing the dominance of genes
  • Identifying the genes involved in a certain process e.g. plant response to excess water

Generally, Genetics programmes are fully-funded projects that are advertised by the university. The main aim and scope of these projects is pre-determined by the supervisor, but when you begin the research, you’ll be responsible for shaping the project.

Proposing a project yourself is uncommon in Genetics as you’ll need to find a supervisor with the expertise in your area and equipment you’ll need to conduct your research. Finding funding to cover bench fees on top of PhD fees also makes this a more tricky option.

Regardless of your funding, your day-to-day life will be similar. You’ll mostly be in the laboratory setting up and running experiments, analysing data from past experiments, and talking to your colleagues and supervisor about your latest plans, methods and results. Your PhD will end in a thesis (approximately 60,000 words), which you’ll defend during a viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most 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 Genetics funding options

The research council responsible for funding 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 uncommon for 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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Deciphering RPGR’s role in disc formation

  Research Group: MRC Human Genetics Unit
Applicants are invited to apply for this 3 year studentship at the MRC Human Genetics Unit and should have a 1st class or 2.1 degree or a Masters in any relevant discipline, ensuring they comply with English language requirements. Read more

MScR - Determining the genetic and circadian basis of bipolar disorder using Drosophila

Circadian rhythms and sleep are evolutionarily conserved from fruit flies (Drosophila) and are fundamental as well as vital to biology and health (Jagannath et al., 2017; Menet and Rosbash, 2011). Read more

Mucin genetic variation in lung disease

Understanding how genetic variation contributes to complex lung disease is important in understanding how the disease develops and identifying potential molecular targets for therapy. Read more

Accelerated tissue regeneration through direct stem cell re-programming

Project ID. SST9. This project hypothesises that the genetic reprogramming of human mesenchymal stromal cells will lead to enhanced tissue regeneration through the increased production of growth factors, potentially aiding the development of personalised cell therapies. Read more

Developing a machine-learning classifier for the interpretation of immune-related sequence variants

The aim of this project is to develop a classifier for the interpretation of immune-related sequence changes. The NLRP3 gene, which encodes a key regulator of IL-1 production, will be investigated as a case study. Read more

Understanding drivers of disease in the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), a threatened UK native species

  Research Group: Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
Project offered for Ker Memorial PhD Studentship. The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is an iconic species of notable conservation concern in the UK, having suffered a marked range contraction over the last century due to habitat loss, and competition and pathogen transmission from the introduced grey squirrel (S. Read more

Brain regulation of obesity through appetite and metabolism

Project ID: SST_2_7. Body weight is regulated in the brain through appetite and energy expenditure, driving food intake and altering basal metabolism and physical activity. Read more

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

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