Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Studentships

The University of Surrey’s Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS) is delighted to announce its new PhD studentship programme for 2022.

3.5 years
Application deadline
Funding source
The University of Surrey
Funding information

UKRI-aligned stipend (£15,609 pa for 2021-22), approved University of Surrey fees and a research budget.


We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to undertake fully funded (3.5 year) studentships in the area of One Health, One Medicine.

The University of Surrey provides a vibrant, interdisciplinary research environment, with access to state-of-the-art facilities. We see our postgraduate researchers as an integral part of our research community, collaborating and innovating together with academics at all levels. We want the most talented researchers from diverse backgrounds to join us, bringing new ideas and perspectives. We will help you make the most of your potential, removing barriers where we can and supporting you with dedicated career guidance. We offer generous funding packages, sector-leading researcher development training and mentoring, and dedicated employability support.

Whatever your aspirations, Surrey is where research careers are launched and nurtured.

FHMS is offering innovative research projects in topics spanning the full breadth of our research themes, including several cross-faculty studentships with the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Candidates can apply for up to two of the projects listed below. Please note that the project preferences of the strongest applicants will determine which of these projects proceed.

AI for precision medicine: Subgroup discovery in survival analysis with high-dimensional dataDetails
Ambulatory tracking of human biological rhythms through metabolic profilingDetails
An investigation of the role of energy balance modification on anti-tumour and health responses in older adults with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).Details
Bridging the gap? The changes in cognition and brain functions due to a foundation year programme and their modulation using neurostimulationDetails
Characterising the transcriptional response that regulates the protective effects of the mitochondrial unfolded protein response (UPRmt) in the failing heartDetails
Defining the molecular drivers of cartilage regenerationDetails
Development of an ultra-flexible, wireless and battery free mesh-device for cardiac rhythm monitoring and stimulation.Details
Development of spatially resolved single and sub-cellular omicsDetails
ERK2- and PLK1-mediated phosphor-regulation of the scaffolding protein TIRAP during TLR4 signalling and inflammation.Details
Evaluation and design of auto-regulatory feedback models for RNA-binding proteinsDetails
Exploring barriers to cervical screening among women with learning disabilities: A mixed-methods studentshipDetails
Exploring the macrophage response to mycobacteriaDetails
Extracellular matrix-like bioelectronics induced human cardiac organoids for multifunctional physiological interrogation and disease modellingDetails
Global Analysis of Protein-RNA Interactions during Vaccinia Virus Infection and their Impact on Virus Differentiation and SpreadDetails
Identification of the Molecular Determinants Underlying the Emergence of Androgen Receptor-Variants in Enzalutamide-resistant Prostate Cancer (ERPC)Details
Impact of human and animal healthcare professionals and tap supply water on the bacterial and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) gene content of handwashing sinksDetails
Impact of Motor Skills on Wellbeing: The Roles of Relationships and the SelfDetails
Innate immune responses to HSV1 in human skinDetails
Insects as a dietary protein source in nutrition and health: Feasibility of a sustainable alternative to animal-based protein sourcesDetails
Investigating the evolution, zoonotic transmission and population structure of the intestinal worm Ascaris using genomics approachesDetails
Mental health benefits of biodiversity in natureDetails
Neurocognitive mechanisms of counting knowledge in early developmentDetails
New Precision Medicine Approaches for the Treatment of Pernicious Anaemia - A neglected autoimmune disease of Vitamin B12 Deficiency.Details
Nutritional, economic, and environmental impacts on anaemia in Indian children from birth to age 18 yearsDetails
Optimising the delivery of virtual consultations (VCs) to support the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in primary and community care.Details
Physiological basis linking sleep continuity and age-related cognitive deficits: in vivo manipulation and monitoring of activity of layer 5 neurons in the cortex of miceDetails
Rapid methods of assessing cellular immunity to SARS-CoV-2Details
Reducing mental health stigma in allied health professionals in training using Immersive VR.Details
Reduction of adverse vascular remodelling by perivascular injection of nanofibre-based scaffold for progenitor cell deliveryDetails
Role of the ColV-plasmids in defining the Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli pathotypesDetails
The neurological basis of health and fitness related compulsive behaviours: a comparison of brain activity related to exercise dependence and health-focused eating disorders with addiction and OCDDetails
The role of the gut microbiome in mental health and well-being in University studentsDetails
Understanding and addressing patient and clinician uncertainty in the appraisal of vague symptoms- improving earlier diagnosis of blood cancer.Details
Understanding the cyclic AMP signalling pathway in Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a route to antiTBiotic drug discoveryDetails
Understanding the mechanisms underpinning poor mental health outcomes in children with reading disordersDetails
Unravelling regulatory signalling interactions and metabolic changes underlying B-cell development in hematological disorders.Details
Williams Syndrome as a model to understand the impact of impaired motor development on cognitive development in neurodevelopmental disordersDetails

Please note with are also running another PhD studentship scheme, the Pathogens and Host Defences Doctoral Training Partnerships, in parallel with this one and are welcoming applications to that scheme as well.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants for PhDs in Biosciences and Medicine, Health Sciences or Veterinary Medicine and Science are expected to have a good honours degree (first or upper second) or a masters degree in an appropriate discipline. Applicants for PhDs in Psychology are expected to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) and a masters degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above.

English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6 in each individual category.

How to apply

Please submit an application to only one of the schemes (Faculty-funded or Pathogens and Host Defences DTP). For either scheme, applicants can express interest in either one or two of the advertised projects.

Applications should be submitted via the online application portal for the PhD programme specified in the individual project adversitements:

N.B. Please select the October 2022 start date when applying.

When completing your application, in place of a research proposal, please provide a 1-page document containing the reference numbers(s), project title(s) and supervisor name(s) of the project or two projects you have selected, together with an explanation of your motivations for wanting to study for a PhD and your reasons for selecting the project(s) you have chosen.

Application deadline

Contact details

For informal enquiries, please click on the link next to the project that interests you. You will then be able to contact the relevant project supervisor.


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