I have enthusiastic supervisors who are always more than happy to listen and guide me through my PhD. The University also offers a variety of workshops, such as help with writing scientific papers or reviews, which have proved really useful.
The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and has well-established collaborations with industry and clinical practice.
Our academics are engaged in world-leading discovery and translational research to improve human and animal health.
We use biochemical and molecular techniques to tackle a wide range of problems, including cancer, vaccine biology, diet, infectious diseases, sleep, addiction and cardiovascular disease.
This includes facilities for transcriptomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, advanced microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Our human studies are supported by a state-of the- art clinical trials facility within our Clinical Research Centre where we perform first-in-man trials of experimental medicines and vaccines.
We also have all the standard analytical and project-specific equipment you would expect for research in biochemistry and physiology, including that for cell culture, biochemistry, electrophysiology and molecular biology.
As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field, as well as tailored research training. We specialise in studies employing an integrated systems biology approach encompassing clinical, laboratory and computational investigation.
Close links with industry and clinical practice are encouraged, and many of our projects are directly sponsored by industry.
At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by learning techniques, planning the structure of your work and starting to gather data, based on an agreed timetable.
Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and on the process of getting research data published.
PhD students are initially registered for a probationary period and proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful confirmation report and viva voce exam. The research towards a PhD normally takes approximately three years, with a further year to write the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam.
Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Studentships and Scholarships page as and when they become available.
All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.