Postgraduate Research Degrees
Every year we welcome some of the world’s brightest and most determined postgraduate students to the School of Life Sciences. Attracted by an excellent reputation and exciting opportunities to work with renowned scientists on groundbreaking projects, our students thrive in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment at one of the world’s most respected research-led universities.
The Programme consists of a combination of an independent research project and additional related skills training. The research project is carried out under the guidance of dedicated and nurturing academic supervisors, whilst the research skills training is optimised for you – the individual student – to maximise your potential.
Depending on the duration of study you will be working towards either a PhD or a Masters by Research (MRes) thesis. Throughout your time here you will enjoy expert supervision, extensive training, leading-edge facilities, strong industrial links with major pharma companies and you may have the opportunity to undertake short commercial placements. The School will also support you to present their your own research at national and international scientific meetings.
Support and Supervision
Our academic staff conduct internationally-recognised research across a wide range of subjects, and students can expect to receive expert supervision from leaders in the field. You can identify potential supervisors using our Find a Supervisor search facility. Students have a minimum of two supervisors and meet with their supervisors on a regular basis, both informally and formally to record progress.
This rounded approach ensures our students finish their PhDs not only with highly attuned scientific research skills, but also with a broader commercial understanding that makes them so attractive to employers. Many go on to hold postdoctoral positions here and at other leading institutions such as Harvard, UCLA and Melbourne, or into senior positions at some of the world’s biggest pharma organisations.