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PhD funding and projects

Our postgraduate research training will give you an extensive grounding in research design, methods, implementation and analysis.  We recruit around 40 PhD students every year for projects spanning the biological sciences, chemical sciences and experimental psychology, with around 50% funded by Research Councils.

Most studentships start in September/October, and we advertise most vacancies the preceding November/December. But we also advertise studentships throughout the year as they come up, in the table below and on the Find a PhD website. We currently offer PhD studentships under the following schemes:

QMUL's research studentships, marked 'QMUL' in the table below, are tenable for up to three years and cover tuition fees and maintenance at the basic research council level.  Take a look at a complete list of PhD funding options on the central QMUL pages.

Search our current PhD projects by keyword, supervisor or funding stream, or filter by research department. If you are self-funding, or have alternative funding, contact your prospective supervisor to discuss options.




ProjectSupervisorFundingKeywordshide DepartmentsDepartments
Application of DNA-based asymmetric catalysis to natural product synthesis Arseniyadis, Dr Stellios  CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Organic Chemistry, Multi-step Synthesis, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry

Aryne-mediated synthesis of biologically active heterocycles

Jones, Dr Chris CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biocatalysis at the nanoscale Roessler, Dr Maxie CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Physical chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Biomarkers of Subjective Vitality Jones, Dr Janelle (primary) Pluess, Dr Michael (secondary) CsF
CONACYT
CSC

ESRC

Subjective Vitality; Well-Being; Biomarkers; Longitudinal Studies; Health Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Combining biophysical and synthetic chemistry to decipher a key enzyme in respiration Roessler, Dr Maxie and Jones, Dr Chris

CsF
CONACYT
Pakistan HEC
Islamic Development Bank

Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry,  Synthetic chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Comparative physiology and evolution of neuropeptide signalling Elphick, Prof Maurice CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Neurobiology, Evolution, Echinoderms, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Peptidomics, Molecular Histology Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Computational modeling of photo-phenomena in condensed phase Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computational simulations of molecular switches Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel CSC Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Consequences of reduction in concentration of reaction centers on the structure and function of the photosynthetic membrane Ruban, Prof Alexander CsF Light Harvesting, Photosynthetic Membrane, Reaction Center, Photosystem II, Photoinhibition, Photoprotection, Electron Microscopy, Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Contextual information in adaptation Mareschal, Dr Isabelle CONACYT Neuroscience Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Designing peptide and small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infections Main, Dr Ewan CsF
CSC
Bacterial infections, Protein protein interactions, Peptide inhibitors, Gram-negative bacterial infections, Type Three Secretion System Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Developing novel drugs to target Chagas disease Wilkinson, Dr Shane CONACYT Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing prodrugs to target neglected tropical diseases Wilkinson, Dr Shane CsF
CSC
Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel drugs to target Leishmaniasis Wilkinson, Dr Shane CONACYT Leishmaniasis, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, Prodrugs Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel synthetic strategies for the synthesis of metallic ceramics at lower temperature Giordano, Dr Cristina CSC Materials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, Synthesis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Development and characterization of new energy materials Abrahams, Dr Isaac CONACYT
CsF
Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Materials Science Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Development of new DNA-based asymmetric desymmetrisation processes Arseniyadis, Dr Stellios CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Multi-step Synthesis, Organic Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Divergent synthesis of polycyclic heterocycles via direct C(sp3)-H bond activation Jones, Dr Christopher CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
A theory of the fundamental adaptive properties of natural light harvesting D P Duffy, Dr Christopher CONACYT
CsF
Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Science, Computational Chemistry Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Dopants for organic thermoelectric materials Schroeder, Dr Bob CSC   Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contexts Osman, Dr Magda CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Mental Model, Decision Making Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Enzyme catalysis and materials chemistry Roessler, Dr Maxie CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Evolutionary genomics in ants Wurm, Dr Yannick CsF Genetics, Social Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Gene-Environment Interaction and Mental Health Across the Life Course Pluess, Dr Michael CsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being; Mental Health; Gene-Environment interaction; Genetics; Differential Susceptibility; Vantage Sensitivity; Cohort Studies Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Genetics of personality and psychological well-being Pluess, Dr Michael CsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
 Well-Being, Mental Health, Personality, GCTA, GWAS, Genetics, Cohort Studies Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
How are human chromosomes captured and pulled apart into two equal sets? Draviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M Self-funded Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Genetics, Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
How do human cells ensure the accurate segregation of chromosomes? Draviam, Dr Viji M Self-funded Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell biology/development, Genetics, Molecular biology Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Improved computational methods for quantitative proteomics Bessant, Prof. Conrad CONACYT Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Software Engineering Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Ion-Selective Organic Materials for Bioelectronic Applications Nielsen, Dr Christian CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic chemistry, Materials chemistry, Synthetic chemistry   Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Increasing plant stress tolerance by unravelling and exploiting the mechanism of the photosynthetic NDH complex Roessler, Dr Maxie and Hanke, Dr Guy

CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Pakistani HEC

Islamic Development Bank

Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
The evolution of immunity in species exposed to invading pathogens Knell, Dr Rob CONACYT Ecology, Conservation, Evolution, Parasitology, Immunity Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Life Course Predictors of Psychological Well-Being Pluess, Dr Michael CsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being, Positive Development, Life-Course, Competence, Cohort Studies Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Luminescent metal complexes for optoelectronics based on fluorinated organic ligands Wyatt, Dr Peter CONACYT Organic Synthesis, Photonic Materials, Organofluorine, Luminescence, Optoelectronics  Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Magnetic metal carbides and nitrides as alternative materials for bio-related applications Giordano, Dr Cristina CSC Materials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, Synthesis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mechanisms that drive aneuploidy in cancers Draviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Data Analysis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Metal catalysed activation of dioxygen (air) for selective substrate oxidation Sheriff, Dr Tippu CONACYT
CsF
Selective Oxidation, Dioxygen, Hydrogen Peroxide, Catalysis, Green Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry

Metal-free C(sp3)-H arylation of unsaturated heterocycles

Jones, Dr Christopher CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Modelling of hybrid nanostructures for nanoelectronics and renewable energy applications Crespo-Otero, Dr Rachel, Palma, Dr Matteo

CONACYT

CSC

Biophysics, Computational chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Molecular genetics of psychiatric disease Brennan, Dr Caroline CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Bioinformatics, genes, psychiatric disease, zebrafish Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
A Multilateral Investigation into Nucleation and Growth of Magnesite Di Tommaso, Dr Devis CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Computational chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular dynamics, physical chemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Neural dynamics of learning from feedback: tracking and affecting subjective feedback evaluation Di Bernardi Luft, Dr Caroline CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Electrophysiology, Signal processing, Artificial intelligence, Brain stimulation Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
New microbial quality testing for drinking water device Zarbakhsh, Dr Ali CONACYT Environmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical Chemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
New tools for conservation: dissecting the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic changes to adaptive evolution Eizaguirre, Dr Christophe CONACYT  Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, Genetics Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Novel biosensors of protein assembly in and near lipid-bilayers: synthesis and applications Milanesi, Dr Lilia CSC Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Protein assembly Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Photosynthetic Light Harvesting: Computational approaches to studying the relationship between light-harvesting, photochemistry, photo-damage, and repair Duffy, Dr Christopher Open to any external funding Biophysics, Botany/plant science, Applied mathematics, Software engineering, Statistics Cell and Molecular Biology Cell and Molecular Biology
Processing of natural images Mareschal, Dr Isabelle CsF Vision, Natural images, Eye movements, Psychophysics, Faces, Cross-modal integration Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Protein Misfolding and the Molecular Basis of Alzheimer’s Disease Viles, Dr John CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Protein Mis-folding Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Quantifying the life-cycle of parasites using population genomic data 2 Nichols, Prof Richard CsF
CSC
Parasite Genomics, Population Genetics Simulation, Statistical modelling, Mathematical Biology Organismal Biology Organismal Biology
Self-assembled block copolymers as drug delivery systems for skin treatments Resmini, Prof Marina CONACYT Nanomaterials, Drug delivery, Self-assembled nanoparticles, Dermal delivery Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Social Behaviour, Cognition and Communication in Domestic Goats McElligott, Dr Alan CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Emotion, Cognition, Bioacoustics Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Social dynamic decision making Osman, Dr Magda CONACYT Psychology, Neuroscience Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Social Groups, Resilience, Health and Well-being Jones, Dr Janelle CsF
CONACYT
Social groups, Identity, Mental health, Stress, Resilience, Well-being, Psychophysics, Psychoneuroendocrinology Biological and Experimental Psychology Biological and Experimental Psychology
Structural molecular biology of the type II bacterial secretion system Pickersgill, Prof. Richard CONACYT Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Toward a new generation of photo and electro-active inorganic/organic nanohybrids: from design to applications Giordano, Dr Cristina CSC Electro-chemistry, Nanotechnology, Photo catalysis Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry
Understanding the molecular mechanism of type-IX secretion in Porphyromonas gingivalis Garnett, Dr James

CsF
CONACYT
CSC

Self-funding

Bacteria,  Biochemistry / biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular biology / cloning, structural biology Chemistry and Biochemistry Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

*A PhD studentship is a funded postgraduate studentship opportunity either attached to a specific research project or open to postgraduate research applicants in a specific field or academic school. Awards in this category will usually provide a minimum of full standard UK/EU fees and will often include a maintenance stipend. For UK Research Council studentships, the maintenance stipend will meet a nationally agreed minimum level.

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