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 2023. We are seeking outstanding PhD candidates to undertake fully funded (3.5 year) studentships in the area of One Health, One Medicine.

Start date

1 October 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

​UKRI-aligned stipend (£17,668 pa for 2022-23), approved University of Surrey fees and a research budget.


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.

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is offering innovative research projects in topics spanning the full breadth of our research themes. Candidates can apply for up to two of the projects. The project preferences of the strongest applicants will determine which of these projects proceed.


Project reference

Project title

​FHMS - FF - 01 BIO

​Artificial intelligence to enable omics integration - delivering enhanced data utilisation for biomarker discovery

​FHMS - FF - 02 BIO

​Interferon-mediated restriction of zoonotic orthopoxviruses

​FHMS - FF - 03 PSY

​Understanding the mechanisms underpinning poor mental health outcomes in children with reading disorders

​FHMS - FF - 04 PSY

​Achieving independence: Exploration and wayfinding in virtual reality and real- world environments and its impact on spatial knowledge

​FHMS - FF - 05 PSY

​How does aphantasia hinder mathematics learning in children?

​FHMS - FF - 06 VET

​Implementing artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to improve disease detection and biosecurity in livestock farms

​FHMS - FF - 07 BIO

​The use of larval zebrafish as a model for longitudinal objective assessment of endogenous circadian rhythms

​FHMS - FF - 08 HS

​Patient stratification in anaemia: Leveraging machine learning to improve understanding of health outcomes in pregnant women and in their children

​FHMS - FF - 09 PSY

​Improving ageing markers in the gut microbiome for healthy ageing

​FHMS - FF - 10 BIO

​Re-Polarisation of macrophages in the tumour microenvironment of oesophageal adenocarcinoma for optimal therapeutic benefit

​FHMS - FF - 11 VET

​Investigating artificial intelligence (AI) tools for robust animal behaviour analysis

​FHMS - FF - 12 BIO

​Longitudinal profiling of microbiota rhythms in stool samples from shift worker and obese in vivo, in vitro and in silico

​FHMS - FF - 13 BIO

​Insects as a dietary protein source in nutrition and health: Feasibility of a sustainable alternative to aminal-based protein source

​FHMS - FF - 14 BIO

​Uncovering the rules that govern inhibition of the Sec61 translocon, a druggable target in cancer, infection and immunity

​FHMS - FF - 15 PSY

​Assessing the impact of neurostimulation in mild cognitive impairment

​FHMS - FF - 16 PSY

​Neurocognitive mechanisms of numerical knowledge acquisition in toddlerhood

​FHMS - FF - 17 BIO 

​Exploring the antiviral PKR response pathway in herpes simplex virus infection using new clinical isolates


​Understanding how the mitochondrial unfolded protein response and integrated stress response communicate to drive cellular adaptation to stress

​FHMS - FF - 19 HS

​Developing and enhancing a digital intervention model to reduce the harm caused by alcohol consumption before and during pregnancy

​FHMS - FF - 20 BIO

​Understanding the role of stress granules in tuberculosis as a route towards novel therapeutics

​FHMS - FF - 21 VET

​Assessing and predicting the impact of environmental factors on campylobacteriosis using mathematical modelling and artificial intelligence

​FHMS - FF - 22 BIO

​Diagnosis and quantification of subtype admixture in pancreatic cancer tumours with machine learning methods

​FHMS - FF - 23 BIO

​Modelling individual heterogeneity in response to treatment using Bayesian mixture models

​FHMS - FF - 24 VET

​Computational modelling and simulation of surgery in craniosynostosis associated cerebrospinal fluid disorders

​FHMS - FF - 25 BIO

​Impact of light on sleep, circadian rhythms and clinical symptoms in people living with dementia

​FHMS - FF - 26 BIO

​Development of a new tuberculosis vaccine by gene-editing and phospholipid profiling

​FHMS - FF - 27 PSY

​The impact of sleep disturbance on the relationship between developmental coordination disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia) and mental health

​FHMS - FF - 28 BIO

​Characterizing endothelial endotype in sepsis and post-surgical inflammation

​FHMS - FF - 30 BIO

​Personalised thalamic targeting for temporal interference brain stimulation during sleep

​FHMS - FF - 31 BIO

​Unravelling signalling– and metabolic–dependent molecular switches underlying network rewiring in the onset of cancer and autoimmune disorders

​FHMS - FF - 32 BIO

​Probiotic bacteria as a therapeutic and preventative strategy for RSV-disease

​FHMS - FF - 33 BIO

​Unravelling biological subtypes of neurodegenerative disease by multi-omics and machine learning

​FHMS - FF - 34 BIO

​Defining viral subversion of RNA turnover in human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection


​Role of plasmids and other mobile elements in defining the Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli pathotype

Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of the University of Surrey funded studentships may be awarded to international students. Find out more about eligibility.

How to apply

You may apply for one or two of these faculty-funded studentship. A single online application should be submitted via the application portal for the PhD programme specified in the individual project advertisements:

Please note: Select the October 2023 start date when applying.


When completing your application, in place of a research proposal, please provide a 1-page document containing:

  • Reference numbers(s)
  • Project title(s)
  • 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.

To complete a full application, you MUST also email a copy of your CV and 1-page motivational statement directly to the relevant project principal supervisor of each project you apply for.

Studentship FAQs

Read our studentship FAQs to find out more about applying and funding.

Application deadline

Contact details

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


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