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There are a number of postgraduate doctoral degrees available with the School of Medicine.
Self-funded PhD projects are available within all our research groups. Subjects include:
- anaesthesia and intensive care
- brain tumours
- early life nutrition and disease
- epidemiology and public health
- gastrointestinal surgery
- maternal and fetal health
- medical physics
- oncology (and pre-clinical oncology)
- ophthalmology and visual sciences
- orthopaedics, trauma and sports medicine
- primary care
- radiological and imaging sciences
- rehabilitation and healthcare
- reproductive medicine
- sports and exercise medicine
Funded PhDs (studentships) are also often available, and are advertised via the University's job vacancies.
We will consider applications from students who completed an undergraduate degree in subjects such as microbiology, statistics, science and geography and medicine.
You can explore our research themes to get an idea of potential topics for PhD study.
An overview of expertise in the School of Medicine and potential supervisors can be found in our supervisor search.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is based in the Medical School. Staff in the centre provide subject-specific support to postgraduate students and researchers: ranging from access to private study areas and professional advice, to hosting careers seminars and social activities.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff with a proposal about your research before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.
Find a supervisor.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
90.1% of postgraduates from the School of Medicine secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £31,086.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, you should factor some additional costs into your budget, such as printing and lab equipment, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies or more specific titles.
The school contributes to some costs relating to conference attendance and may make a contribution towards research expenses. Full costs of your course will vary depending on the nature of your research project, for example there may be additional costs for consumables and project-related travel.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.