Cutting edge translational research addressing global health challenges, aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of how the human body functions, how these change during disease and infection and how this may be used to predict, identify and treat disease.
Our research spans biomedical and clinical disciplines ranging from basic laboratory science to clinical and applied research that impacts on many aspects of modern life.
Our aim is to conduct research that ranks among the best in the UK and internationally. Examples of areas of research strength include basic/applied physiology, pharmacology, biochemistry and drug discovery, infection and immunity, neuroscience, cell/developmental biology and cancer.
Research in the School is supported by state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. Our core facilities provide researchers with access to a range of cutting-edge equipment, staffed by experts who help with experimental design, training and data analysis.
Postgraduate students are supported by the Postgraduate School which provides induction, skills training opportunities and help with career planning.
Students wishing to undertake postgraduate research in Medical Sciences can choose from:
MRes (Masters by Research)
This combines elective courses in medically related disciplines taught in the context of health and disease, often with input from clinicians. Medical sciences research experience is provided through an extended laboratory research project supervised by leading molecular bioscience researchers. This programme provides you with the academic, analytical and practical skills for many careers, but is particularly oriented for students intending to pursue a research career.
MD (Doctor of Medicine)
This postgraduate research degree is awarded for original research carried out in a clinical or health-care related context and is undertaken by clinically qualified medical graduates normally during their postgraduate medical training. The MD Degree is not the undergraduate degree that leads to qualification as a medical doctor; this is the MBChB.
A PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy, a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, academic excellence and a thirst for knowledge. It usually culminates in a thesis based on research carried out over the course of 3-4 years. The research must “make a distinct contribution to knowledge and afford evidence of originality as shown by the exercise of independent critical powers”. There are no formal lectures or seminars, but your work will be periodically qualitatively monitored by the Graduate School.
Infection & Immunity
The Infection and Immunity Programme embraces a range of research topics with emphasis on molecular mechanisms of infection and host defence. The programme is a community of microbiologists, immunologists, clinicians and industry partners that use state-of-the-art research technologies to address fundamental questions and find new approaches to cure diseases.
Professor Helen Galley and Professor Heather Wilson
Rasha Abu Eid, Helen Galley, Andy Porter, Mark Vickers, Frank Ward, Heather Wilson, Max Baldassarre, Karolin HijazI, Deborah Lockhart, Alexander Lorenz, Donna MacCallum, Samantha Miller, Carol Munro, Soumya Palliyil, Fiona Rudkin, Ian Stansfield and Pieter van Wes
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Our work is aimed at elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underpinning life-long human health and disease, notably cell and developmental biology and cancer. Our research involves a range of experimental approaches including model organisms, cell culture and patient samples.
Professor Lynda Erskine and Professor Iain McEwan
Professor Anne Donaldson, Dr Shin-ichiro Hiraga, Dr Bin Hu, Dr Takashi Kubota, Professor Iain McEwan, Professor Zofia Miedzybrodzka, Professor Graeme Murray, Professor Valerie Speirs, Professor Heather Wallace, Professor Jon Collinson, Professor Bernadette Connolly, Professor Lynda Erskine, Dr James Hislop, Dr Berndt Muller, Dr Jonathan Pettitt and Dr Neil Vargesson
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The goal of our programme is to bring together and advance the fields of basic and applied physiology, pharmacology, endocrinology, biochemistry and drug discovery by collaborating on novel biomedical research projects.
Professor Dana Dawson, Professor Mirela Delibegovic, Professor Paul Fowler, Professor Stefan Hoppler, Dr Arimantas Lionikas, Dr Mary MacLeod, Dr Nimesh Mody, Dr Fiona Murray, Dr Nicola Mutch and Professor Graeme Nixon
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Translational neuroscience uses a diverse range of experimental approaches to study neuronal function and malfunction, from single genes and molecules to humans. Research investigates genetic, molecular and systems aspects, and incorporates functional as well as structural components based on a wide range of models and techniques.
Professor Bettina Platt and Professor Gernot Riedel
Supervisors Dr Guy Bewick, Dr Charles Harrington, (TauRX) Dr Jiabao He, Dr Wenlong Huang, Professor David Lurie, Professor Peter McCaffery, Professor Colin McCaig, Professor Simon Parson, Professor Bettina Platt, Dr Ann Rajnicek, Professor Gernot Riedel, Professor David St Clair, Dr Gordon Waiter, Dr Justin Williams and Professor Claude Wischik (TauRX)
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Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to the PhD is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well.
If English is not your first language and you have not studied previously at an institution in the UK, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test.