Molecular and Cell Biology

PhD

The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology offer supervision for the degree of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - full-time and part-time
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - full-time and part-time

We also offer supervision for the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Supervision and research areas

We offer PhD and supervision in Molecular and Cell Biology in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cancer and Cell Biology
  • Cell Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Cell Signalling and G Protein-coupled Receptor Molecular Pharmacology
  • Mechanisms and Principles of Gene Expression
  • Molecular Physiology of the Cardiovascular System
  • Structure, Dynamics, and Assembly of Macromolecular Complexes
  • Structure-based Drug Discovery and Design
  • Structure-function Relationships in Ion Channels and Receptors

Interested in a different research area?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements.

How to apply

  1. Look at our staff research interests above and find the research group you would like to work in and one or two members of staff within that group whose research interests are closest to your own.
  2. Make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area in which you want to work: search our staff research interests.
  3. Draft a brief (1,000 words maximum) personal statement that:
    • explains why you want to work in this area
    • describes any relevant research experience - for example, as part of a previous degree
    • lists any academic work you have published or which is awaiting publication
  1. Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:
    • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
    • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used
    • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation
    • CV
    • In addition to uploading the above documents please enter contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme or upload letters of reference if already available
  1. Submit your online application using the Apply button at the bottom this page.

When to apply

We have intakes in January, May, July and September each year.

You should try to submit your application as far in advance of your preferred start date as possible. If you are an international applicant and require a visa to study in the UK you should submit your application at least 3-4 months before the proposed start date.

After you have submitted your application, it will take a minimum of six weeks for you to receive a decision about your application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees vary according to your fee status and the mode of study (full-time or part-time). For clarification please contact pgradmissions@le.ac.uk.

UK/EU Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £4,407 per year

Part-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 acacemic year: £2,203.50 per year

International Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £20,825 - £33,625 per year

*International fees vary according to the nature of the research project to be undertaken. The applicable fee will be determined at the point an offer of admissions is made and will be stated on the offer letter.

Part-time

Please note that owing to UK visa restrictions, part-time campus based registration is not normally available to international applicants.

The normal duration of a PhD programme is three years (full-time). PhD students may use the fourth year as a 'writing-up' year for which a reduced fee is payable if active research has been completed - currently £100. (Maximum registration permitted is 4 years full-time or 7 years part-time).

Funding

For a list of our available scholarships/studentships, please visit our funded opportunities pages.

PhD description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 50,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

PhDs explained