For a full list of our funded PhD's please visit: nottingham.ac.uk/LifeSciPhD
Several PIs offer PhD programmes in their research area. These include:
Dr L Leach: How human blood vessels grow and what makes blood vessels leaky, especially in diabetes. The role of epigenetics, growth factors, adhesion molecules and stem cells in vascular dysfunction and repair. Barrier properties of the human placental blood vessels during normal pregnancies and those complicated with diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Dr R Billeter-Clark: Micro-damage and repair in human skeletal muscle in connection with exercise. This extends to assessment of micro-damage at the level of individual muscle fibres.
Dr S Loughna: Role of aberrant haemodynamics in congenital heart defect. Effects of haemodynamics on heart development, especially cardiac valves and septa. The model organism is the chick – as it allows manipulation in ovo.
Dr T Farr: Novel tests of sensorimotor function in rodent models of stroke. Diffusion tensor imaging and resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging to characterise structural and functional changes in the brains of rodent models of dementia. Basics of the principles of NMR.
PhD students are encouraged to be demonstrators (paid) in human anatomy teaching for the undergraduate medicine course as well as related teaching in medicine, neuroscience and biochemistry courses offered by life sciences. They are encouraged (and enabled) to become active student members of the Anatomical Society as well as learned societies pertinent to their research area. All students are encouraged to write original articles on their research and present in scientific conferences.
Previous PhD students have gone on to become lecturers in anatomy, postdoctoral research fellows, clinical scientists, and researchers in the industrial/corporate sector.
Apart from individual PI's laboratory facilities, students have access to departmental facilities such as the Confocal Scanning Microscope, Real time Microscopy and Electron Microscopy. Access also includes Preclinical MRI facilities, Tissue Culture, Gene sequencing and Immunoblot facilities, Deep Sequencing Lab and Human Physiology Lab.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University of Nottingham.
We offer dedicated facilities, resources and development opportunities including training courses, seminars, paid placements, travel and mobility awards and public engagement opportunities. Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also have access to a dedicated training programme delivered by academics and researchers from the faculty or by researcher development professionals from the Graduate School and other professional services. It provides a broad and comprehensive range of research training courses, in line with the requirements set out by the UK Research Councils.
Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre
The Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre is a hub for postgraduate and research only staff networking and aims to promote a sense of community and enhance the research environment.
- study and social space
- networked computers
- a bookable seminar room
- kitchen facilities
- a programme of social events
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.
For a full list of our funded PhD's please visit: nottingham.ac.uk/LifeSciPhD
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Visit our research projects page to find a supervisor whose expertise match your own research interests.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2017, 94.9% of postgraduates from the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,400 with the highest being £40,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.
Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.
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
At least 20 PhD students are recruited annually, 10-12 of which are fully funded by MRC, BBSRC, EU and industry. These are usually advertised in January/February on the current vacancies site and on FindAPhD.
The school often has scholarships available. These will be advertised on the school’s website as well as the Jobs in Research website and at the University of Nottingham's vacancies website.
The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding and Studentship opportunities are also available.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
There are different ways to fund your research degree, from subject scholarships to government loans – explore postgraduate funding.
UK government loan
PhD students from England and the EU could qualify for a postgraduate doctoral loan of up to £25,700.
EU and international students
We offer research scholarships for EU and international students.
For information on specific funding opportunities and entry requirements, see our webpage for students from your country.