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Fully-funded PhD studentships

Fully-funded PhD studentships - Michaelmas term 2021 start 

All applications should be made online via the University’s Applicant Portal for a PhD in Pathology (BLPA22). 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 studentship 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 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 applications is 3 January 2021. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 18 January 2021. 

Developing new treatments by targeting RNA splicing control in squamous cell carcinoma - Dr Anton Enright and Dr Stephen Smith 

Impact of transposable elements in parasite genomes - Dr Anna Protasio 

Computational methods to measure DNA replication with single-molecule resolution - Dr Michael Boemo 

Novel tools for cancer immunotherapy and vaccination -  Dr Louise Boyle 

Probing the mechanism of action of Shiftless, a host protein targeting programmed ribosomal frameshifting - Professor Ian Brierley 

Regulation of integrin function on Treg by PI3K - Professor Klaus Okkenhaug

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