As a microbiologist, I have found the laboratory facilities and equipment to be first class throughout my PhD. My supervisors have proved invaluable and make every effort to ensure I am both content and on the right track with my project.
The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and has well-established collaborations with industry and clinical practice.
The aim of the Department of Microbial Sciences is to study biological processes in micro-organisms and eukaryotic cells at the physiological and molecular level. Our academics are engaged in research relating to microbial bioproduct formation, cancer, vaccine biology, immunology, cell biology, and bacterial and viral pathogenesis in humans and animals.
Microbes currently under investigation include the Mycobacteria, Streptomyces, Neisseria, Escherichia coli, Vibrio and Campylobacter, as well as viruses and yeast. Virology studies centre around interactions with the host ribosomal apparatus and are augmented by fundamental work on the translational apparatus of eukaryotic cells.
We specialise in studies employing an integrated systems biology approach encompassing laboratory and computational investigation.
We have access to a number of core technologies and instruments to carry out our research. This includes facilities for:
Research for an MD may be carried out in the clinical workplace and/or in the University’s facilities, and will be supervised jointly by a collaborative supervisor from the hospital and a principal supervisor from the Faculty.
Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus some time to write up the MD 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.