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Supporting Research

The School of Life Sciences is a rapidly expanding, international collection of researchers working at the forefront of disciplines across the breadth of the life sciences. The School has recently moved into the new Joseph Banks Laboratories as part of a multimillion pound investment in research facilities and infrastructure to sustain and support our continued growth, including the creation of the Research and Enterprise hub of the University’s new Science and Innovation Park.

Research within the School of Life Sciences is split across five Research Groups: 'Animal Behavior, Cognition and Welfare'; 'Cancer and Ageing'; 'Diabetes, Metabolism and Inflammation'; 'Evolution and Ecology'; and 'Microbiology and Biotechnology'. 

The School is currently able to offer a limited number of funded PhD and MSc by Research studentships for October 2019 across our research areas. To view at the potential opportunities within each area, follow the links below. Please note that not all projects will receive funding and studentships will be awarded to a limited number of successful applicants.

For MSc by Research applications, no contribution to living expenses is available but fees will be offset by students contributing a maximum of 6 hours per week in term time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, typically as a lab demonstrator for undergraduate practicals. A consumables budget has been agreed for each project and will be supplied by the School of Life Sciences. These projects are only available to Home/EU students.

For PhD applications, the School will offer a stipend of £12,000 per year (for 3 years, if your PhD is full-time and completed within that time) for successful candidates. Fees will be offset by students contributing a maximum of 6 hours per week in term time as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, typically as a lab demonstrator for undergraduate practicals. A consumables budget has been agreed for each project and will be supplied by the School of Life Sciences. These projects are only available to Home/EU students.

The closing date for all applications is Friday 28 June 2019:

How to Apply:

Postgraduate Studentships 2019

Studentship Terms and Conditions

Research Projects by Research Group:

Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Projects

Cancer and Ageing Research Projects

Diabetes, Metabolism and Inflammation Research Projects

Evolution and Ecology Research Projects

Microbiology and Biotechnology Research Projects