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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 synthesisArseniyadis, Dr StelliosCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Organic Chemistry, Multi-step Synthesis, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

Aryne-mediated synthesis of biologically active heterocycles

Jones, Dr ChrisCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Biocatalysis at the nanoscaleRoessler, Dr MaxieCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Physical chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Biomarkers of Subjective VitalityJones, Dr Janelle (primary) Pluess, Dr Michael (secondary)CsF
CONACYT
CSCl

ESRC

Subjective Vitality; Well-Being; Biomarkers; Longitudinal Studies; HealthBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Centromeric Chromatin Assembly in Fission YeastSubramanian, Dr LakxmiQMULGenomics, DNACell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Combining biophysical and synthetic chemistry to decipher a key enzyme in respirationRoessler, Dr Maxie and Jones, Dr Chris

CsF
CONACYT
Pakistan HEC
Islamic Development Bank

Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic chemistry, Physical chemistry,  Synthetic chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Comparative physiology and evolution of neuropeptide signallingElphick, Prof MauriceCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Neurobiology, Evolution, Echinoderms, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Peptidomics, Molecular HistologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Computational modeling of photo-phenomena in condensed phaseCrespo-Otero, Dr RachelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biophysics, Computational Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Consequences of reduction in concentration of reaction centers on the structure and function of the photosynthetic membraneRuban, Prof AlexanderCsFLight Harvesting, Photosynthetic Membrane, Reaction Center, Photosystem II, Photoinhibition, Photoprotection, Electron Microscopy,Cell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Contextual information in adaptationMareschal, Dr IsabelleCONACYTNeuroscienceBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Designing peptide and small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infectionsMain, Dr EwanCsF
CSC
Bacterial infections, Protein protein interactions, Peptide inhibitors, Gram-negative bacterial infections, Type Three Secretion SystemChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Developing novel drugs to target Chagas diseaseWilkinson, Dr ShaneCONACYTChagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Developing prodrugs to target neglected tropical diseasesWilkinson, Dr ShaneCsF
CSC
Chagas disease, Trypanosoma, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel drugs to target LeishmaniasisWilkinson, Dr Shane CONACYTLeishmaniasis, nitroreductase, DNA repair, Interstrand crosslink, ProdrugsCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Developing novel synthetic strategies for the synthesis of metallic ceramics at lower temperatureGiordano, Dr CristinaCSCMaterials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, SynthesisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Development and characterization of new energy materialsAbrahams, Dr IsaacCONACYT
CsF
Electrochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Materials ScienceChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Development of new DNA-based asymmetric desymmetrisation processesArseniyadis, Dr StelliosCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Catalysis, DNA, Multi-step Synthesis, Organic Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Development of New Materials for Magnesium-Ion BatteriesDr Isaac Abrahams, Prof TrifonovaAustrian Institute of Technology in ViennaElectrochemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Materials science, Neuroscience / neurology, Physical chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Divergent synthesis of polycyclic heterocycles via direct C(sp3)-H bond activationJones, Dr ChristopherCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
A theory of the fundamental adaptive properties of natural light harvestingD P Duffy, Dr ChristopherCONACYT
CsF
Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Botany/Plant Science, Computational ChemistryCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Dynamic interactions between people in complex decision making contextsOsman, Dr MagdaCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Mental Model, Decision MakingBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Enzyme catalysis and materials chemistryRoessler, Dr MaxieCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Electrochemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Evolutionary genomics in antsWurm, Dr YannickCsFGenetics, Social Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing, BioinformaticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Gene-Environment Interaction and Mental Health Across the Life CoursePluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being; Mental Health; Gene-Environment interaction; Genetics; Differential Susceptibility; Vantage Sensitivity; Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Genetic basis of adaptive evolution and incipient speciationEizaguirre, Dr ChristopheQMULAnthropology, Neuroscience/neurologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Genetics of personality and psychological well-beingPluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
 Well-Being, Mental Health, Personality, GCTA, GWAS, Genetics, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
How are human chromosomes captured and pulled apart into two equal sets?Draviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M.Self-fundedBiochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Genetics, Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
How do human cells ensure the accurate segregation of chromosomes?Draviam, Dr Viji MSelf-fundedBiochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell biology/development, Genetics, Molecular biologyCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Improved computational methods for quantitative proteomicsBessant, Prof. ConradCONACYTAnalytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Data Analysis, Software EngineeringCell and Molecular BiologyCell and Molecular Biology
Increasing plant stress tolerance by unravelling and exploiting the mechanism of the photosynthetic NDH complexRoessler, Dr Maxie and Hanke, Dr Guy

CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Pakistani HEC

Islamic Development Bank

Biophysics, Biochemistry, GeneticsChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
The evolution of immunity in species exposed to invading pathogensKnell, Dr RobCONACYTEcology, Conservation, Evolution, Parasitology, ImmunityOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Life Course Predictors of Psychological Well-BeingPluess, Dr MichaelCsF
CONACYT
CSC
ESRC
Well-Being, Positive Development, Life-Course, Competence, Cohort StudiesBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Luminescent metal complexes for optoelectronics based on fluorinated organic ligandsWyatt, Dr PeterCONACYTOrganic Synthesis, Photonic Materials, Organofluorine, Luminescence, Optoelectronics Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Magnetic metal carbides and nitrides as alternative materials for bio-related applicationsGiordano, Dr CristinaCSC
Materials chemistry, Nanotechnology, Physical chemistry, SynthesisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Mechanisms that drive aneuploidy in cancersDraviam-Sastry, Dr Viji M.CsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Data AnalysisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Metal catalysed activation of dioxygen (air) for selective substrate oxidationSheriff, Dr TippuCONACYT
CsF
Selective Oxidation, Dioxygen, Hydrogen Peroxide, Catalysis, Green ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry

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

Jones, Dr ChristopherCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Organic Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Synthetic ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Modelling of hybrid nanostructures for nanoelectronics and renewable energy applicationsCrespo-Otero, Dr Rachel, Palma, Dr MatteoCONACYTBiophysics, Computational chemistry, Materials science, Physical chemistry,Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Molecular genetics of psychiatric diseaseBrennan, Dr CarolineCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Bioinformatics, genes, psychiatric disease, zebrafishBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Molecular mechanisms of transcription regulation by regulatory RNAsDarbari, Dr VidyaQMULBiochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular biology, Structural biologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
A Multilateral Investigation into Nucleation and Growth of MagnesiteDi Tommaso, Dr DevisCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Computational chemistry, materials chemistry, molecular dynamics, physical chemistry,Chemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Neural dynamics of learning from feedback: tracking and affecting subjective feedback evaluationDi Bernardi Luft, Dr CarolineCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Electrophysiology, Signal processing, Artificial intelligence, Brain stimulationBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
New microbial quality testing for drinking water deviceZarbakhsh, Dr AliCONACYTEnvironmental Chemistry, Materials Science, Physical ChemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
New tools for conservation: dissecting the relative contribution of genetic and epigenetic changes to adaptive evolutionEizaguirre, Dr ChristopheCONACYT Ecology and Conservation, Evolution, GeneticsOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Novel biosensors of protein assembly in and near lipid-bilayers: synthesis and applicationsMilanesi, Dr LiliaCSCBiochemistry, Neuroscience, Protein assemblyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Photo-cleavable fluorescent probes for the real-time detection of zinc in biological spaceWatkinson, Prof MikeCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Analytical chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Inorganic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Synthetic chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Processing of natural imagesMareschal, Dr IsabelleCsFVision, Natural images, Eye movements, Psychophysics, Faces, Cross-modal integrationBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Protein misfolding and the molecular basis of Alzheimer's DiseaseViles, Dr JohnCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Protein Mis-foldingChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Quantifying the life-cycle of parasites using population genomic dataNichols, Prof RichardCsF
CSC
Parasite Genomics, Population Genetics Simulation, Statistical modelling, Mathematical BiologyOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Self-assembled block copolymers as drug delivery systems for skin treatmentsResmini, Prof Marina
CONACYTNanomaterials, Drug delivery, Self-assembled nanoparticles, Dermal deliveryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
The role of beneficial microbes in insect adaptationHenry, Dr LeeQMULBioinformatics, Conservation, Ecology, Evolution, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Zoology / animal scienceOrganismal BiologyOrganismal Biology
Social behaviour, cognition and communication in domestic goatsMcElligott, Dr AlanCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Psychology, Behaviour, Animal Welfare, Emotion, Cognition, BioacousticsBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social dynamic decision makingOsman, Dr MagdaCONACYTPsychology, NeuroscienceBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Social groups, resilience, health and well-beingJones, Dr JanelleCsF
CONACYT
Social groups, Identity, Mental health, Stress, Resilience, Well-being, Psychophysics, PsychoneuroendocrinologyBiological and Experimental PsychologyBiological and Experimental Psychology
Structural molecular biology of the type II bacterial secretion systemPickersgill, Prof. RichardCONACYTBiochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Structure-function studies of Legionella pneumophila type-II secretion system substrates and the molecular basis of their recognition during exportGarnett, Dr JamesCsF
CONACYT
CSC
Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural BiologyChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Sustainable homogeneous catalysts for light-driven reduction and reductive couplingsCambeiro, Dr XacobeQMULEnantioselective synthesis, Homogenous catalysis, Organic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, Synthetic chemistryChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry and Biochemistry
Toward a new generation of photo and electro-active inorganic/organic nano-hybrids: from design to applicationsGiordano, Dr CristinaCSCElectro-chemistry, Nanotechnology, Photo catalysisChemistry and BiochemistryChemistry 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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