As a highly research-active 6*A-rated Department, our mission is to train the next generation of life scientists.
Research in the Department covers all aspects of modern biochemistry, and this is reflected in the wide range of postgraduate projects available. The Department has an international reputation in cell biology, and is probably the best equipped Department in the country for cell imaging techniques, with research centred around the MRC Cell Imaging Facility. Work in this theme covers intracellular trafficking, cell shape and movement, and the control of cell death and proliferation. The Department also has an international reputation for its research in Structural Biology, including rational drug design, mathematical modelling of protein structure and folding and pioneering work on the interactions between DNA and proteins.
These fundamental areas of research have practical applications, and the Department has a commitment to exploiting our basic science to contribute to human health. Work in the Department continues to make important contributions to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and malaria, as well as many other aspects of clinical research.
The Department of Biochemistry takes approximately 16 students onto its postgraduate course each year, offering both 3 and 4-year PhD courses. Over 90% of our intake graduate successfully with a PhD. Most students publish at least one research paper during their studies. The Department takes pride in the standard of its postgraduate programme. Over 75% of our students go on to postdoctoral research in Academia and Industry, both in the UK and abroad. Our remaining students use the transferable skills gained during their study to gain postgraduate level employment.
As a postgraduate student in the Department, our key goal is to teach you the research skills you need to pursue a career in science. We support this with a wide range of training in more generic skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and effectiveness. We also provide more specialised training opportunities, such as entrepreneurship, intellectual property or teaching. We are looking to produce well-rounded postgraduates, rather than research machines.
In return, we expect something from you - we are looking for bright, enthusiastic and highly-motivated students to join our postgraduate programme. Competition for places is high, but we believe we offer a unique environment for talented students. You can find more information about the Department and our postgraduate research, as well as how to apply for a PhD in the Department, on our website:
I hope you find something that interests you in our wide range of PhD projects, and I am happy to help with any enquiries you may have about PhD study here in Bristol Biochemistry.
With best wishes,
Professor Patty Kuwabara
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor