Clinical Chemistry MRes/PhD

MRes/PhD Clinical Chemistry
We offer postgraduate research opportunities (PhD and MRes) in a variety of research areas.

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MRes/PhD Clinical Chemistry 
MRes: 1 year full-time
PhD: 3-4 years full-time
Entry requirements
MRes: 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject 
PhD: 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each element)  If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
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University Park/ Medical School
Other requirements



Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) funding over the last 15 years (£3.2 million) has enabled the ARUK DNA bank (hosted at Nottingham) to be established and maintained. It currently contains over 6000 samples with contributions from nine ARUK Network Groups. As a result of collaboration with Professor Younkin at the Mayo Clinic, we have access to an additional 6000 plus samples resulting in a combined resource of over 11,500; one of the largest in the world. Without doubt the major contribution for the collection has been its use in all of the LOAD GWAS’s and in the ARUK exome sequencing project, which has resulted in five Nature Genetics papers and a New England Journal of Medicine manuscript since 2009. 

We are actively involved in a number of projects addressing the genetics of Alzheimer's disease. The success of these approaches is evidenced by the 90 plus papers published in the last five years. We have run a number of LOAD, sEOAD, LBD and PCA samples on custom designed NeuroChip and are currently using this data to generate polygenic risk scores. We have access to GWAS, NGS and chip data from thousands of samples and this continues to be a rich resource to inform our future studies. We have also started to RNASeq from different brain regions in diseased and non-diseased tissue. In the future expansion of these types of study will empower us to use a systems approach to understand the pathogenesis of AD.



  • State of the art well equipped molecular genetics research laboratory
  • Bioinformatics Suite with two ‘super’ computers and high speed data handling and storage
  • Dedicated cell culture facilities for human cell work
  • PCR set up room for genotyping together with real time capacity

Research support

A number of University  support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.  The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

Graduate School

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.

Facilities include:

  • study and social space 
  • networked computers
  • a bookable seminar room
  • kitchen facilities
  • a programme of social events

Find a supervisor

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.

Fees and funding

UK/EU students

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.



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.


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