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Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

We have 248 Genomics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for European Students (exc UK) in the UK

A PhD in Genomics would give you the chance to conduct a three to four-year piece of research into the DNA of organisms. In contrast to Genetics which investigates only the coding regions of DNA, known as genes, Genomics involves studying the entire genome including both coding and non-coding regions. Projects in Genomics can either be based in the laboratory or be Bioinformatics-based, involving the analysis or large data sets.

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

Genomics is an interdisciplinary field, meaning by studying a PhD in Genomics you’ll develop knowledge and technical skills from Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. Whether your project is mainly based in the laboratory or not, you’ll be working with the genome of an organism and will develop excellent skills in data science, statistics and Bioinformatics to analyse the data effectively.

Some typical research topics in Genomics include:

  • Studying the Genomics of plant or animal adaptations
  • Bioinformatic work on Genomics data studying evolution
  • Investigating the potential of genome editing
  • Understanding the function of a section of the genome
  • Researching how Genomics are involved in gene regulation

On a normal workday you’ll be investigating the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes either from the laboratory or through Bioinformatics. You’ll also spend time writing up methods or previous results and you’ll chat with your supervisor and colleagues about your current work.

Once you have completed the research project, you’ll submit an original thesis of around 60,000 words and during a viva exam you’ll defend this work.

Most Genomics programmes are advertised projects with the key aim pre-determined by the supervisor. Many of these projects are advertised with attached funding, while some require you to find your own funding, which can be tough given it must cover PhD and bench fees. The challenge of self-funding also makes proposing your own project uncommon in Genomics.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Genomics 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 Genomics funding options

The research council responsible for funding Genomics 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 Genomics 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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RNA-Binding Properties and Functions of Peptidoglycan Synthesis Enzymes in Antibiotic Resistance

  Research Group: Institute of Quantitative Biology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Introduction. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is causing major healthcare problems worldwide and is becoming increasingly challenging to treat with current antibiotics. Read more
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Developing translatable TetraVecta-enabled allogeneic regulatory T cell therapy

Commercial partner: Oxford Biomedica (UK) Ltd (OXB). Pathological immune activation is a hallmark of several diseases from autoimmunity to solid organ transplant rejection. Read more

China Scholarship Council: Using state-of-the-art genomics and genetics to clone functional disease resistance genes in potato

Potato is the third most important food crop and consumed by over a billion people around the world. More than 375 million tonnes of potato were produced in 2021 but it’s estimated that approximately 25% are lost to diseases. Read more

Unravelling the mechanisms of thermal tolerance in coral symbionts

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. Investigate coral symbiont communities from the world’s warmest reefs. This study will use an integrative approach, combining molecular, genomic, and physiological methodologies. Read more

Real time tracking & monitoring of microplastics in aquatic environments

  Research Group: CENTA - Central England NERC Training Alliance
Project Highlights. Hone novel methods to track (real-time) and analyse microplastics. Large scale flume studies to investigate the behaviour of microplastics in both the water column & sediment beds. Read more

The mitotic tsunami: how cells re-build their identity in G1

  Research Group: Institute of Cell Biology
The Buonomo and Gilbert groups aim at building an understanding of the eukaryotic nuclear function that integrates knowledge from what are traditionally viewed as different fields, such as epigenetics, DNA replication and nuclear architecture. Read more

Exploring cancer transcriptomes with Nanopore long-read sequencing

Are you interested in cancer gene expression, immunology, and cutting-edge genomics/transcriptomics? Do you want to pursue a PhD in an environment supported by a supervisory team including immunologists and RNA biologists (Lagos, Kourtzelis), clinical oncologists (Vasudev), and leading industry experts (Oxford Nanopore Technologies)? If yes, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Read more

Nuclear and transcriptional dysregulations during cellular senescence

Cellular senescence, which is characterised by a proliferation arrest, is a driver of ageing (1). Several stresses can induce cellular senescence, including persistent DNA damage, telomere dysfunction, and oncogene activation. Read more

Unravelling the role of copy number variation in host-microbe interactions

The microbiome is a fundamental mediator of organismal health and has been shown to play essential roles in biological processes ranging from metabolic activity to disease resistance. Read more

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