University of Huddersfield - Biological Sciences PhD

University of Huddersfield

Biological Sciences PhD

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered.This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full-time PhD is a three year full-time programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry Requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.
  •  IELTS is 6.0 overall with the written element at least 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable

Career Prospects

Career opportunism after completing Biological Sciences

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    cademic and hospital research.

  • Biotechnology.

  • Dentistry.

  • Ecology.

  • Environmental science.

  • Food industries.

  • Forensic science.

  • Government agencies (FBI,



Course Details

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Research Topics

An Investigation into Stereopsis and the Significance of Crossed vs Uncrossed Disparity
Characterisation of novel proteins and their complexes, involved in the maintenance of genome integrity in human cancers
Evolutionary Cell Biology of Metabolism in Unicellular Eukaryotes
Evolutionary Forces on Codon Usage In Unicellular Eukaryotes
Evolutionary relationships between populations of wild mice form the genus Apodemus based on whole–genome data
Genomic investigations of unique environmental bacteria.
Glycosylation as a regulator of development, metabolic physiology and disease
Identification of the molecular mechanisms of longevity in long-lived mutants of insulin and Klotho signalling
Insights into mammalian genome integrity and its evolution from protists and early-branching metazoa.
Investigation of the evolution and polymorphic variation of molybdoflavoenzymes
Investigation of the evolution and polymorphic variation of vitamin K epoxide reductases
Isolation and characterisation of novel alkaliphilic microorganisms
Isolation, characterization and exploitation of novel enzymes for use in biotechnology
Mechanisms of cell death in carcinoma cells and their exploitation as novel cancer therapy targets
Microbial Studies of Radioactive Waste Disposal
Pathways for cell adhesion and their role in skin integrity
Role of p63 in epidermal differentiation
Structural Studies of Borrelia Outer Membrane Proteins
Structural biochemistry of ETS transcription factor complexes and their role in neoplastic transcriptional networks
Structural genomics of Borrelia species, emerging tick-borne pathogens causing Lyme Disease
Studies on the role of mono- and poly(ADP)-ribosylation in DNA transactions in health and disease
The importance of cannabinoids for epidermal cells
The role for ceramide synthase 3 in epidermal differentiation
The role of DNA polymerases in aging of the mitochondrial genome
The role of microbial biofilms in the modulation of intestinal epithelial function
The role of outer membrane vesicles in the pathogenesis of Gram negative bacteria
The role of polyphosphates in mammalian cells
Topical protein delivery for the treatment of genetic skin diseases
Understanding the mechanisms of carcinogenesis in epithelial cells using physiologically-relevant in vitro models.
Use of physiologically-relevant in vitro skin models for the design of medical devices to target pathological skin-related conditions and disease.

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