Human Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD

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PhD Human Anatomy and Cell Biology
3-4 years full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject
6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each element) IELTS If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
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University Park/Medical School
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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.

Research support

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. 

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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