PhD: £4,414, MRes: £12,960
In the microbiology research group we are researching novel strategies to fight against infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. We are doing this by understanding the molecular mechanisms used by microbes to cause disease and how the host immunity works to defence the host against them. We are working on a range of organisms with high relevance in the clinic. Some of our areas of interest are bacterial signalling including quorum sensing, effector proteins, virulence, biofilms, predatory bacteria that eat pathogens and the discovery of novel anti-infective agents.
We are also studying how microbes evolve, how cell surfaces interact with the environment and viruses and on molecular machineries that segregate proteins, organelles and chromosomes and those that replicate and repair DNA.
For a full list of our funded PhD's please visit nottingham.ac.uk/LifeSciPhD
The facilities supporting this research area include access to a wide range of state of the art microscopy facilities including:
All laboratories are well equipped for microbiology work, molecular biology including transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation and protein purification and analysis. The groups also have access to medicinal chemistry, structural biology and synthetic biology facilities.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Supervisors for the MRes are:
For a full list of our funded PhDs please visit: nottingham.ac.uk/LifeSciPhD
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
94.9% of postgraduates from the School of Life Sciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £21,400 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £40,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of 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 job market activity 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 projects which require travel.
UK/EU research postgraduates in the Centre are funded by BBSRC, MRC, NERC, EPSRC, the EU, The Lawes Trust and various University of Nottingham scholarship funds.
The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research: The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding. See information on how to fund your research, including our step-by-step guide.
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.