Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find funded projects and scholarships. These opportunities are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it is important you make enquiries and apply as early as possible. If you have already secured funding, we have a range of non-funded projects available.

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Self-funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Diaphragmatic function in malignant hyperthermia Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Epigenetic therapy using ultrasound-triggered microbubble drug delivery for colorectal cancer Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Metabolic regulation of anti-tumour T cell immunity Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1: a novel target to improve wound healing in diabetes Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Atomic force microscopy studies of bacterial interactions involved in dental caries Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Atomic force microscopy studies of the molecular mechanisms of nested genes related to tooth formation Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Characterisation of a pre-osteoblast subset of human mesenchymal stem cells: implications for novel osteoarthritis and osteoporosis treatment development Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Combination oncolytic virotherapy for the treatment of Haematological malignancies Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Computational approaches to understanding the mechanosensitive Piezo1 channel activation mechanism Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Development of a T-cell subset phenotyping, ready-to-use, flow cytometry kit for patients with rheumatoid arthritis Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Digital manufacturing of complete dentures Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Genome and transcriptome sequencing and functional analysis to find new mutation types in patients with inherited blindness Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
How human teeth form and how that process fails in the inherited condition amelogenesis imperfecta International (excluding EU) None
Identification and functional characterisation of BRIT1/MCPH1 synthetic lethal genes to treat breast and ovarian cancer Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
IGF axis regulation of matrix mineralisation of dental stem cell populations Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Immunological complicity in evolution of potentially malignant oral lesions Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Improving surgical outcomes for colorectal cancer patients by pre-operative intervention. Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Investigating the genetic association between systemic disease and oral health through genome-wide association study Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Investigation of matrix-mineral interactions of enamel formation in Amelogenesis Imperfecta Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Metabolic labelling approach for the incorporation of functional groups in therapeutic DNA enabling advanced payload delivery strategies in peptide-based gene delivery Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Metabolic reprogramming in cancer: starving tumors of essential nutrients to promote cell death Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Mimicking microenvironment for controlling stem cell behaviour to enhance tissue engineering efficacy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Novel regulators of +TIP localisation and function Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Oncogenic reprogramming of the immune system Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Oncolytic virus immunotherapy to sensitise liver cancers to immune checkpoint blockade Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Oral health and cognitive function in old age Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Osteochondral tissue engineering using novel epigenetic approaches and multi-layered cell sheet technology Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Partial human genome RNAi screen to identify genes involved in brain size regulation and cancer development. Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Peptide-based matrix gene delivery for tissue regeneration and anti-microbial therapy targeting periodontal disease Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Pre-clinical testing of new therapeutic treatments for cystic kidney disease International (excluding EU) None
Pre-receptor regulation of glucocorticoid target genes in human skin Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Primary Immunodeficiencies: molecular genetics and the underlying biological mechanisms of disease Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Starving cancer cells to death Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Sugar and tooth decay – is it ‘too much’ or ‘too often’? Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Sun exposure as a novel risk factor for Zika virus infection Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Switching off immunity in health and disease Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
The genetic basis of cognitive impairment in intellectual disability and schizophrenia Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
The potential use of bioactive peptides from food and waste as anti-cariogenic agents Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Transient arrest of cell ageing during amplification of human cells in culture Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Understanding the causes of developmental tooth defects using a high-throughput genomic screening approach Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Please contact us for further details
Using massively-paralleled sequencing to find the cause of inherited conditions that affect the front of the eye Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None
Using next-generation sequencing and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to investigate penetrance and phenotypic variation in inherited eye disease. Worldwide (International, UK and EU) None