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Fully-funded PhD studentships

Fully-funded PhD studentships

Fully-funded PhD studentships October 2020 entry 


All applications should be made online via the University’s Applicant Portal for a PhD in Pathology (BLPA22). In the Studentship section of your application please enter the projects that you are applying for in order of preference. You are allowed to select up to 3. A completed application must be submitted by the closing date below. An application is only complete when all supporting documents, including the 2 academic references, are submitted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their referees submit their references before the closing date.

The list of available projects is shown below. Applicants can select up to a maximum of three supervisors/projects, although this is not a requirement.  Additionally, the Department requires that by the time of interview all potential students must have fulfilled the Language Requirements for admission. If you have any queries - check out the frequently asked questions. 

Application information

Funding* will cover the student’s stipend at the current Research Council rate and University Fees. The studentships will be funded for three years in the first instance subject to eligibility, with the possibility of additional funding in the fourth year depending on circumstances.

*The studentships are available to students who qualify for Home/EU fees

Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered. 


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The deadline for the following courses is 1 January 2020. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20 January 2020.

Dr Andrew Blagborough – Dissecting the role of protein disulphide isomerase in plasmodium, and targeting function to block malarial transmission

Professor Ian Brierley - Investigating the regulation of coronavirus sub-genomic mRNA transcription, translation and the impact on the host response to infection.

Professor Nick Coleman – MicroRNA dysregulation in malignant germ cell tumours: more than a biomarker?

Professor John Doorbar – The cellular origin of Human Papillomavirus associated Neoplasia 

Dr Brian Ferguson – How is viral DNA sensed by human cells?

Dr Andrew Firth and Dr Valeria Lulla - A newly discovered protein encoded by enteroviruses: from mechanism to application 

Dr Richard Hayward - Dissecting inclusion biogenesis - the specialised intracellular replicative compartment of Chlamydia trachomatis

Dr Bidesh Mahata – Immune cell-mediated steroidogenesis in regulating cancer immunity

Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri - High-throughput discovery of mechanisms underlying tumour immunosuppression using functional genetics

Professor Geoffrey L Smith - Inhibition of innate immunity by vaccinia virus: a discovery tool for host restriction factors

Dr Liz Soilleux - Development of a high throughput butyrophilin analysis, to complement a holistic immunological analysis tool for clinical diagnosis/prediction of prognosis