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MRes/MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
MRes/MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
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October, December, February, April, July 
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Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) affects the myeloid-producing cells in the bone marrow. It is the most common acute leukaemia to affect adults and its incidence increases with age.

The 5 year overall survival rates of patients with AML in the UK are 44% for patients under 55 years old, and just 13% for patients older than 55 years. A number of different cytotoxic drugs are used to treat AML and there are many new agents in clinical trials. In addition, patients with AML and other haematological disorders, may undergo a haematopoietic stem cell transplants.

The Nottingham Haematology Group, headed by Professor Nigel Russell, encompasses both clinical and laboratory research. The clinical research has a pioneering interest in the development of peripheral blood stem cells for matched and unrelated donor transplantation.

The group has one of the UK’s largest bone marrow transplant (BMT) programmes with participation in national and international clinical trials in BMT and cord blood transplantation. The laboratory research focuses on understanding both the pathogenesis of AML and the chemo-resistance phenotype often seen in the disease.

Areas of particular interest in AML research include the role of the ABC drug transporter protein family, DNA damage and repair mechanisms, telomere maintenance, identification of factors that predispose to AML and understanding contributory factors underpinning minimal residual disease. The research aims to identify ways to maximise the therapeutic efficacy of existing drugs and to evaluate new treatments for AML.

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Analytical Chromatography 

Biological sample preparation for chromatography including liquid and solid phase extraction, centrifugation, rotary evaporation and speedvac concentration are available. The analytical laboratory houses high pressure liquid chromatography equipment with autosampling linked to UV, diode array and refractive index detectors as well as a Bruker ion trap mass spectrometer with electrospray and chemical ionisation.

Contact Nigel Halliday 


Antibody Production

Specialist expertise in monoclonal antibody production to a range of antigens including glycoproteins and lipids, chimerisation, humanisation, Fc-optimisation, purification (and quality control). This includes tailored antibody development to unique antigens, idiotype generation and antibody cloning, chimerisation and humanisation. 

Contact Lindy Durrant


Irradiation Facility

A Gulmay Medical Cabinet provides an opportunity to conduct radiation biology experiments in vitro and in vivo. The enclosed system incorporates a 225kV broad focal x-ray housed in a fully equipped tissue culture laboratory. Atmospheric control allows O2 concentrations of down to 0.2% to be maintained for hypoxic studies.

Contact Stewart Martin


Clinical Trials

The Oncology Research Group in partnership with the NHS Department of Clinical Oncology and the Mid Trent National Cancer Network has a state of the art Cancer Clinical trials team. The group is a 30 person strong multidisciplinary team of research nurses and radiographers, data managers and ethics and finance managers and carries out both simple and complex clinical trials according the highest standards of Good Clinical Practice.

Contact Poulam Patel



A combination of single and twin BIOSTAT B 1L and 2L fermentors are available for pilot and ‘omics bacterial’ growth experiments. 

All growth parameters are computer controlled via SCADA Software (MFCS/DA, B. Braun Biotech International) enabling data acquisition, process visualisation and control as well as evaluation and data export.

Contact Miguel Cámara and Nigel Minton


Flow Cytometry

Fluorescence activated cell sorters (BeckmanCoulter Altra and MoFlo XDP) and an analysis only cytometer (Beckman Coulter FC500) are available. For more information click here.

Contact Adrian Robins


Genomics facility (CBS Building)

Dedicated to microarray and real time qRT-PCR analysis. Instrumentation available includes an Agilent DNA Hybridisation Station, an Axon 4000B microarray and access to GeneSpring GX analysis software. For qRT-PCR, an Applied Biosystems AB7500 permits relative quantification, absolute quantification, allelic discrimination, plus/minus assays and basic melt curve analysis. In addition, a Roche Lightcycler 480, offers high resolution melt analysis.

Contact Victoria Wright


Post-genomics facility (QMC campus)

This facility offers fluorescent probe generation and large scale microarraying of DNA, protein (Including Reverse-phase protein arrays) and other biomolecules (Genomic solutions Microgrid II 600 robot with both steel and silicon split pin configurations). Quality control support is available (Nanodrop Spectrophotometer and Agilent Bioanalyser), along with customisable slide surface chemistries and automated sample hybridisation capabilities (Tecan HS4800 24 place station). Analysis of both fluorescently and colorimetricaly labelled microarrays is available with a four laser automated slide scanner (Genepix 4200AL) and high resolution white light scanner.

Contact Paddy Tighe


Light and Fluorescence Microscopy

These include a Zeiss LSM 700 laser scanning confocal with an Axio Observer inverted microscope, a Nikon Eclipse TE200 and a fluorescent/phase contrast Nikon Labphot-2 microscope fitted with digital cameras.

Contact Steve Atkinson



Includes: tissue and cell banking, basic tissue preparation (processing, section cutting and staining), immunocytochemistry, laser micro-dissection, tissue microarrays, digital pathology. 

Contact Andrew Green 


Protein purification and X-ray crystallography

Protein purification using an automated AKTA system employing a range of solid phases, Protein samples are used to set up 96 well plate crystallisation screens using a Hydra II robotic system. The crystals obtained are subjected to X-rays generated by a Rigaku RAXIS IV++ X-ray area detector to produce diffraction data.

Contact Chris Penfold


Animal Imaging Facility

Specialist expertise in pre-clinical imaging of model organisms, using a state of the art facility run under the reduction, replacement and refinement ethos. The facility contains a Mediso Nano-pet/ct, Mediso Nano SPECT/CT and an optical Ivis Spectrum. Also available within this facility is a dedicated radio-chemist for radio-nuclide labelling of novel compounds.

Contact mr-spot@nottingham.ac.uk


The Greenfield Medical Library

The University library service provides access to more than a million books and journals.

The Greenfield Medical Library houses a broadly based collection of biomedical, nursing and healthcare related books and periodicals and holds current subscriptions to 780 journals, reports and series titles. In addition to the print versions housed in the library, the majority of journals can be accessed electronically. 


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.

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. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.

Fees and funding

Home/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 via the University of Nottingham Human Resources site and on www.findaphD.com

The school often has scholarships available. These will be advertised on 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 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

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.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research


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