MPhil and PhD Opportunities
Biomedical, Biomolecular and Pharmacy
Postgraduate Research in Biomedical, Biomolecular Medicine and Pharmacy.
The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science is one of the University's strongest areas of research - in the most recent research assessment round, Portsmouth was in the top three for funding in England in the subject Allied Health Professions & Studies. Our researchers are contributing to the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences (IBBS) where the majority of the research was rated internationally as excellent or world-leading.
The major strengths of our current research portfolio lie in: Molecular Medicine (including oncology, the neurosciences and inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy) and Medicines Research (including drug development, targeting, safety, uses of natural products within medicine). Research in the field of Biomedical, Biomolecular science and Pharmacy can be closely linked to: Health Sciences and Social Work, Psychology and Biology.
The Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS)
The Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, as well as apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses.
University of Portsmouth Imaging Centre (UPIC)
The University of Portsmouth Imaging Centre (UPIC) brings together the wide variety of advanced microscopy techniques available in the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science. The Centre has a purpose-built Microscopy Imaging Suite, which houses the atomic force microscope, live cell imaging microscope, total internal reflectance microscope and laser capture micro dissection apparatus. Various other microscopes, including three confocal instruments, are located close by in dedicated rooms.
Self-funded PhD opportunities
- The role of Gas6 as a mediator of repair in demyelinating disease of the CNS. (Applications accepted all year round)
- The role of TAM receptors in brain tumour cell signalling and behaviour (Applications accepted all year round)
- Mechanobiology of cardiac interstitial cells. (Applications accepted all year round)
- Expression and roles of Tensin proteins in the mouse brain. (Applications accepted all year round)
- Anti-Cancer Properties of Metformin and other Biguanides (Applications accepted all year round)
- Synthesis, Formulation and Efficacy of Boron-containing Compounds for the Boron Neutron Capture Therapy of Cancer (Applications accepted all year round)
- High-Throughput Discovery of Novel Antibiotics (Applications accepted all year round)
- Design, Synthesis & Biochemical Evaluation of Isoflavone Derivatives with Enhanced Potential for Therapeutic Use (Applications accepted all year round)
- Nanoparticles for Imaging and Drug Delivery Applications (Applications accepted all year round (expected start date: Oct or Feb))
- The role of membrane transport in microbial pathogenesis (Applications accepted all year round (expected start date: Oct or Feb))
- Developing Innovative strategies to treating life-threatening bacterial infections: molecular mechanisms to ensure long-term healthy outcomes from faecal transplants (Applications accepted all year round)
- Mitochondrial biomarkers and drug development for personalised treatment of brain cancer (Applications accepted all year round)
- Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Drug Delivery via Zeolites (Applications accepted all year round)
- Validation of potassium channels from pathogenic fungi as promising new targets for antifungal therapies (Applications accepted all year round)
- Vitamin K as a novel therapeutic for multiple sclerosis (Applications accepted all year round)
- Developing self-assembled peptide nanomaterials as targeted endocrine therapies for tumours (Applications accepted all year round)
- Developing novel approaches to muscle disease – learning from embryonic muscle stem cells (Applications accepted all year round)
- Towards developing stem cells for cardiac therapy – Understanding the molecular basis of cardiac competence (Applications accepted all year round)
- The integration of signalling cascades in synovial joints – a role for Dact genes? (Applications accepted all year round)
- Genetic-proteomic analyses of P2X7 receptors in health and disease. (Applications accepted all year round)
- Assessing the Potential Value of Repurposing Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs) for Treating Breast-to-brain Metastases (Applications accepted all year round)
- Investigating mitochondrial redox alterations as anti-cancer therapeutic targets (Applications accepted all year round)
MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MD: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
By Publication: 1 year part-time
A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- MPhil/PhD Fees
MPhil full time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
MPhil part time course is eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD full time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
PhD part-time course is not eligible for Government Postgraduate Loan
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,195 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £1,590 p/a
International full-time students: £14,400 p/a
International part-time students: £7,200 p/a
- MD fees
Full-time Home/EU/CI students: £4,121
Part-time Home/EU/CI students: £1,590 p/a
Full-time International students: £13,700 p/a
Part-time International students: £6,850
Full-time Home/EU/CI students: £4,195
Part-time Home/EU/CI students: £1,590 p/a
Full-time International students: £14,400 p/a
Part-time International students: £7,200
- By Publication Fees
Members of staff: £1,490 p/a
External candidates: £4,195 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase.
School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science
Biomaterials and Drug Delivery
Research areas include:
- Controlled and targeted drug delivery
- Biomolecular recognition
- Bioadhesion control
Research areas include:
- Investigation of the role of pharmacy in health and wellbeing support (e.g. Healthy Living Pharmacy)
- Development and evaluation of new approaches to pharmacy education
- Risk management and pharmacovigilance
Cell Biology and Pharmacology
Research areas include:
- Investigating mechanisms and biomarkers of lung inflammation in cystic fibrosis
- Novel strategies to improve inhaled drug delivery and novel inhibitors of neutrophil elastase, glial cells in the brain, including oligodendroglia and their precursors in Multiple Sclerosis
- Primary brain tumours as well as astrocytic response to various neuropathological conditions
- Roles of tensins in cancer and in neuronal/glial cell biology
- Electrophysiology and biochemistry of ion channels, as well as their roles in the cellular physiology of human health and disease
- The neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the regulation of food intake and obesity
- The mechanisms underpinning CNS disorders, such as dementia, depression and anxiety, as well as disorders of the gut, such as colitis and irritable bowl syndrome
Epigenetics and Developmental Biology
Research areas include:
- Molecular and genetic medicine, e.g. neuromuscular disease and neuronal function in disease, with particular emphasis on the molecular pathology of Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the role of dystrophin and related proteins
- Control of neuronal identity and axon guidance in the early brain
- The genetic programming of muscle differentiation
- Using Xenopus and chicken as model organisms, aimed at establishing the role of genes that are important in developmental processes
Facilities & Features
You will benefit from access to many of our facilities and services. Our student website will be your one-stop shop for all news, information and links to other services, and 24/7 online access to the University Library’s vast electronic book, journal and database collections will help you find the right resources for your research.
Facilities include a microscope suite, cell culture facilities, molecular biology laboratories and radioisotope facility. Software programmes for the complete range of microscopes give you extensive flexibility for biomedical research programmes.
The European Xenopus Resource Centre is funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and NC3Rs to support researchers using Xenopus models. Researchers are encouraged to deposit Xenopus transgenic and mutant lines, Xenopus in situ hybridization probes, Xenopus specific antibodies and Xenopus expression clones with the Centre.
From the moment you join us, you will be supported by the University's Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team. You will be invited to a two-day induction, helping you to get the most from our facilities and be part of our thriving research community. You can also extend your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Careers & Opportunities Biomedical, Biomolecular and Pharmacy
One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities.
The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.
Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.
In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.
How to apply
Step 1 - Contact us
Contact us to express your interest. We'll then put you in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your research in more depth.