The Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre (NDDC) has a strong track record in basic science, experimental medicine and translational research recognised by the award of Biomedical Research Unit status in 2008 and renewed in 2012-2017 funded with £7.2m from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). It comprises over 100 academics, PhD students and NHS associates including consultant gastroenterologists, hepatologists, GI pathologists, radiologists and surgeons.
We train non-clinical and clinical scientists in subjects ranging through molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, clinical research and epidemiology.
The PhD is a research degree which is normally completed in three years full-time study. The main component is conducting novel research; this is written up as a thesis which is published and defended. Research is supervised by one or more of the NDDC Principal Investigators, usually with considerable help from other staff. Techniques are often new to the students and lots of training is given. There is also a formal research training component of the Nottingham PhD which is now compulsory with additional optional modules.
The DM is a research degree for medically qualified doctors. It is very similar to a PhD but often has a more clinical flavour; it is usually completed in two to three years through full-time study. It is not a professional qualification like an MD in the USA. There is also a formal research training component of the Nottingham DM degree which has been specially adapted from September 2005 to make it specifically suitable for clinicians studying for a higher degree. Clinicians studying for PhD will also take these modules in place of others.
There is frequently misunderstanding from clinically-qualified applicants from outside the European Union about what attainment of these degrees means. These are research degrees which will show that you have been trained in research. They do not qualify you to follow specialist vocational training in this country nor allow you to carry out clinical work during or following your studies. For this you need qualifications that enable you to register with the General Medical Council.
What do I need to study for a PhD or DM in the NDDC?
The three things you need are suitable qualifications, funding for University fees and living expenses, and a supervisor who has agreed to supervise your work during your time in Nottingham.
Identifying a supervisor
Whichever funding route you follow, you will need an identified supervisor within the NDDC.
You will need to be accepted by a supervisor before we process your application and preferably before you apply. You can contact potential supervisors through their contact details on the web pages. They will want to see a copy of your CV, to know how you intend to fund your studies, and to know which areas of research interest you. Your detailed research project is normally formulated with your supervisor but they will want to know any preliminary plans you may have.