Faculty of Biological Sciences

There will be a number of funded opportunities available from November 2016; most PhDs will start in October 2017.

Project Overview

Deadline

 BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology 

The University of Leeds forms part of the White Rose Universities Doctoral Training Programme. The programme will fund interdisciplinary studentships in three priority areas, Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, and World Class Bioscience. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award; European Union applicants will be eligible for tuition fees only, except where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course. Non-UK/EU candidates are not eligible.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online PhD application. Please do not upload supporting documents.
  2. Complete the White Rose application form and email to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk including a CV (including reference contact details) and transcripts if available. 
  3. Forward the reference form to your referees and ask them to return it to us by email as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to request references and ensure we receive them by 13th January 2017. However if you have also applied to our Wellcome Trust scheme we already have your references so you do not need to contact them again 

We strongly recommend that you contact potential supervisors to discuss projects before applying. 

The White Rose DTP

 27th April 2017

Dissecting the Multi-Scale Mechanisms of Cardiac Arrhythmias Through Computational Modelling

Dr Michael Colman, Prof. Ed White

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

Apply online

 24th March 2017

 MSc by Research: Characterising the interactions between major nematode pathogens and the host coffee plant

12 month research MSc with Prof. Peter Urwin.  Funded by Nestle, covering fees at UK/EU level and a contribution towards living costs. 

This is a 12 month programme with no taught content; instead you will work on a research project and write a thesis from your results. An MSc by Research will develop your academic and practical skills and can be an excellent option if you want to explore your area of interest further. 

Details

Apply online (please select Research degrees, and MSc by Research in Biological Sciences)

 1st April 2017

 Functional expression of M channel subunits in peripheral somatosensory system

Dr Nikita Gamper

MRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

Apply online

 15th April 2017

 Understanding the role of protein mechanical strength in biofilm formation and function

Dr David Brockwell (Leeds), Dr William Durham (Sheffield). Funded 4 year PhD for UK/EU candidates, under the White Rose Network scheme.

Details

How to apply

 20th April 2017

 Endowed Research Scholarships

Fees at UK/EU level plus stipend of £12k per year for three years. 

The following scholarships are available:

  • Emma and Leslie Reid (1 award; research into diseases of the heart or brain)
  • Frank Parkinson (1 award; any research area; candidates must be born of British parents who have lived in Yorkshire for at least 10 years)
  • Frank Stell (1 award; research into Biology or Agricultural sciences; candidates must be resident or have parent/s resident within the former administrative area of the West Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Mary and Alice Smith (1 award; research into prevention or cure of cancer or heart disease; candidates must be British citizens and unmarried)

Full details and how to apply

 1st June 2017 (5pm)

 Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Leeds is accepting applications for our Doctoral Scholarships. There are a number of fully funded places for 2017 entry, available across all disciplines, open to UK and international applicants.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,296 for 2016/17).

Available for all UK/EU and International

 

Closed for 2017

 Sports and Exercise Sciences PhD- Demonstrator studentships

SES-PhD Demonstrating Studentships are available from October 2017 for students undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to undertake SES demonstrating and if successful will be expected to undertake 120-250 hours of teaching per year. You should hold (or be in the final year of) a strong degree, equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree, in a relevant discipline and should also have an interest in teaching.

The studentships are open to UK or EU candidates and will provide fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,553.

The following projects are available: 

Accelerometer-based gait analysis for quantitative assessment of physical activity outside the laboratory: validation and tool development for application to patient groups - Dr Graham Askew, Dr Andy Brown, Prof. Huw Summers (Swansea)

Sedentary behaviour and dietary habits of post treatment breast cancer survivors: An investigation into how habits are formed  - Dr Shaunna Burke, Dr Andrea Utley, Dr Camilla Fox

 Unravelling Exercise Training Effects on the Brain - Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama, Dr Jessica Kwok, Dr Graham Askew

 Pulmonary oedema in health and disease: implications for breathing mechanics, muscle fatigue and exercise tolerance. - Dr Bryan Taylor, Dr Al Benson, Dr Harry Rossiter

Please apply online, including a CV and transcripts

 Closed

Impact of plant-microbial symbioses on global biogeochemical cycling and climate through Earth’s history

Dr Katie Field, Dr Benjamin Mills , Dr Sarah Batterman and Prof. Steve Banwart

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

Apply online

Closed

Developing and optimising defined tissue culture surfaces for cellular differentiation of muscle

Prof. Michelle Peckham

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

Apply online

Closed

Investigating the mechanism of hydrodynamic force induced protein aggregation

Dr David Brockwell, Prof. Sheena Radford

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates, 4 year BBSRC studentship, under the Medimmune Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP)  

Details

Apply online

 Closed

Chemokine gradient formation in extracellular matrix – defining physical mechanisms

Dr Ralf Richter

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

Apply online

Closed

Structural characterisation of the human equilibrative nucleoside transporter, a target for cancer, malaria and AIDS

Dr Steven Harbone, Prof. Adrian Goldman, Prof. Peter Henderson

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

Apply online

 Closed

Effects of zinc oxide on the pig gut microbiome and performance

Prof. Helen Miller and Dr Kenny McDowall

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

Apply online

Closed

Impacts of offshore wind farms on populations and demography of gannets: reducing uncertainty in risk assessments

Prof. Keith Hamer and Prof. Tim Benton

NERC Industrial CASE studentship.  UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

Apply online

Closed

Characterisation of X-domains - proteins with likely importance in biomass processing

Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

Details

Apply online

Closed

University Research Scholarship

Two PhD studentships for UK/EU candidates, providing fees and stipend for three years.

Details

How to apply

Closed 

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds and intend to fund your MSc by Research or PhD yourself, you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

Further information

 

Postgraduate Loan for MSc by Research

A UK governement scheme providing loans of up to £10,000 towards postgraduate study

Further information