Our Research Areas - Life Sciences

We welcome applications within the areas covered by our seven research groups

Within these areas we have identified research priorities in line with national and international agendas,  including:

  • Climate change
  • Food security
  • Ageing population
  • Life-long health and wellbeing
  • Bioenergy
  • Tools & Technologies
  • East Medicine
  • Informing policy & practice

Our research covers wide ranging activities incorporating microbial molecular biology and genetics, microbial physiology, fermentation technology and bioreactor design, biofuels and biorefinery, ecotoxicity. biopolymers, enzyme research, cancer research, tissue engineering, synthetic biology, antibody phage display, cell communication and signalling, quorum sensing, elicitation, osteoarthritis, Osteosarcoma, cancer cell motility and invasion, Alzheimer, Chinese medicine, bioelectrochemical process for environment, masculinity, and food.

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Our Research Degree Programmes - Life Sciences

Please see the table below for information about research degree programmes in Life Sciences.

Attendance mode Available to Home Students? Available to Overseas Students?  Further information
PhD full-time Yes  Yes  Read more about PhDs
PhD part-time Yes  No Read more about PhDs
MPhil full-time  Yes  Yes  Read more about MPhils
MPhil part-time Yes  No   Read more about MPhils
PhD by Published Work Yes  Yes  Read more about PhD by Published work


Distance Learning study available to non-UK domicile only – full-time and part-time attendance. Read more about distance learning.

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When to apply-Law

  • You may apply at any time of the year.
  • You may start your Research Degree in either January or September.
  • You are encouraged to contact us to discuss the availability of supervision, before you make a formal application as this can lead to a quicker decision.
  • The assessment of your suitability and the availability of supervision can take some time, typically between two and three months from submission of your application.
  • You should observe the ‘apply by’ dates in the table below. If you do miss the relevant ‘apply by’ date we will normally hold your application over until the next round.
  • If you are an overseas applicant, we advise you to apply well in advance of your preferred start date as the Tier 4 Student Visa application process can be very lengthy.

The recommended ‘apply by’ dates to ensure you to meet your preferred start date are listed in the table below:

Your preferred start date Recommended ‘apply by’ date if you are an Overseas applicant requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa Recommended ‘apply by’ date if you are a Home applicant
September 2017 20 April 2017 16 June 2017
January 2018 31 August 2017 30 September 2017

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Life Sciences - Research Area

Research in the Faculty of Science and Technology encompasses a wide range of disciplines from pure to applied science, integrating areas from structural biology, molecular genetics, applied microbiology and biotechnology through to human performance, Chinese medicine, Public Health Nutrition and Well being at the other.

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, a proportion of the research outputs in all the subject areas submitted were judged to be at the levels of World Leading (4*) and Internationally Excellent (3*).

Research is undertaken in the laboratories at the University's Cavendish site, using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Research is undertaken also in the University Polyclinic. Take a virtual tour of both areas to experience the environments offered. Experienced and research-active staff in the Faculty work in close collaboration with bio-industry, the NHS, research institutions within the UK, Europe and the US.

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Our Research Areas - MAD

Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI)

CAMRI is committed to the study of the media at an international and comparative level as well as nationally. We have long-established strengths in the political economy of the media, in media history, media policy and audiences. We have centres for the study of the media in China, in the Arab world, in Africa and in India. We are interested in questions of creativity, in flows of information and populations globally, in the use of new technologies and social media and political and social change. With 25 staff we can provide supervision across the spectrum of research interests and approaches in media, communication and culture.

Director of the CAMRI PhD programme:
Dr Anthony McNicholas, [email protected]

Centre for Research and Education in Art and Media (CREAM)

CREAM has a portfolio of research across the disciplines of ceramics, visual arts, photography, film, experimental media, music and fashion. CREAM runs a lively programme of seminars and visiting speakers, and has organised ground-breaking conferences and symposia in collaboration with other institutions. CREAM has been a key participant in debates on practice-based research in audio-visual media and was a founding member of the AHRC-funded initiative, AVPhD.

Directors of the CREAM PhD programme:
Dr May Ingawanij, [email protected]
Dr Roshini Kempadoo, [email protected]

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Our Research Degree Programmes - MAD

Please see the table below for information about research degree programmes in Media, Arts and Design.

Attendance mode Available to Home Students? Available to Overseas Students?  Further information
PhD full-time Yes  Yes  Read more about PhDs
PhD part-time Yes  No Read more about PhDs
MPhil full-time  Yes  Yes  Read more about MPhils
MPhil part-time Yes  No   Read more about MPhils
PhD by Published Work Yes  Yes  Read more about PhD by Published work


Distance Learning study available to non-UK domicile only – full-time and part-time attendance. Read more about distance learning.

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