Clinical and Experimental Medicine PhD

Surrey’s facilities are amazing, especially the laboratories.

Matt Eastland-Jones Biomedical Sciences

Why choose this course?

At the University of Surrey, our academics have an international reputation for research that shapes the agendas of scholarship and practice.

We see doctoral students as important collaborators in this work, challenging you with new ideas that develop you as a critical researcher, as well as helping you build a solid grounding in research methods and methodology.

What you will study

The Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine’s spectrum of research ranges from first use of molecules in man (phase I trials) through to real-world evidence studies using routinely collected data.

Our PhDs are traditional, UK-style PhD programmes; at the end of your time as a PhD researcher at Surrey, you will be expected to submit an extended thesis that demonstrates your ability to pursue academically rigorous scholarly research and makes an original contribution to knowledge.

As a PhD student at Surrey, you will be part of an internationally-diverse community of over 120 doctoral researchers.  As part of your studies, you will undertake a tailored programme of formal research training in methods and methodology.

The School of Biosciences offers a programme of research seminars and you will be encouraged and supported in presenting your work at national and international conferences. PhD researchers also organise and run their own annual research conference at the University of Surrey.


You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend.


Purpose/Eligibility Criteria



Alzheimer’s Society - PhD Studentships



To provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. 

End March 2018 (TBC)

MRC  - Clinical Research Training Fellowship


The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.

The scheme also provides a route for post-doctoral applicants who achieved their PhD some time ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments to reacquire research skills.

  • Salary costs commensurate with your stage of training, up to but not including NHS consultant level
  • Up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees. 


Two deadlines per year

Next one: 27/07/2017 (launch)

06/09/2017 (close)

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme: Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at registered non-medical healthcare professionals sited in England with at least 1 year's experience of clinical practice, sufficient research experience or training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst continuing to develop their clinical skills.

The CDRF is an individual training award and offers funding to cover the salary costs of the award holder, their PhD tuition fees, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme. A CDRF award will require that the individual has a contract of employment with the Host Employer for the duration of the Fellowship.

Launch: 2nd March 2017

Closes: 18th May 2017

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for Doctors and Dentists

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) allow medical and dental trainees to undertake 25% research and 75% clinical training over 3 years (4 years for GPs) and Clinical Lectureships (CLs) allow trainees to undertake 50% research and 50% clinical training over 4 years. The posts are allocated to institutional partnerships of University, NHS Organisations/ Trusts and Local Education Training Boards (LETBs), the latter having taken over the functions of Postgraduate Deaneries from April 2013 onwards. Academic trainees are recruited by the LETBs through open competition via a nationally developed process for academic recruitment run by NIHR TCC.



Research areas

Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and if registered on a full-time basis, you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus 12-18 months to write up the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

Research areas are varied, but can include:

  • Sleep and chronobiology
  • Cancer and oncology
  • Diabetes
  • Primary care and clinical informatics
  • Ophthalmology
  • DNA ageing
  • Critical care
  • Hepatology
  • Surgery

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
PhD Full-time 30-48 months October, April
PhD Part-time 60-96 months October, April

Contact us

General enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact us to discuss your experience and qualifications.

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Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4195 £20,000
Part-time £2100 £10,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College supports researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey.

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Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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