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:
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.