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Faculty of Health Sciences

Biomedical Science research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MSc by Research PhD

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About our programmes

Choose to carry out your postgraduate studies at Hull and become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community. Our postgraduate students are well integrated and fundamental to the work that we do, and we pride ourselves on supporting them to make sure that they achieve their full potential. We have developed an international reputation for our research in biomedical science. Our state-of-the-art research facilities include advanced instrumentation such as a new PET Research Centre, automated DNA sequencers, and a self-contained ancient DNA laboratory.

We offer MSc by Research and PhD opportunities and we have a network of exceptional research opportunities. An MSc by Research is a postgraduate degree option with more research freedom than the more conventional taught pathways. On this programme, you spend a year on a research project closely advised by your research supervisor. At the end of your project you submit a research thesis, which will be evaluated by a research panel. A PhD, meanwhile is the ultimate form of student-centred learning, allowing you to focus your research interests and make an original and meaningful contribution to science. 

Details

Open for admission in 2018/19

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MSc by Research 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September

Research

Our academic experts welcome postgraduate research applications across a broad range of topics. 

We focus on investigating the cellular processes involved in metabolism and energy transduction in health and disease. Focuses include:

Cancer biology

Cardiovascular Science

Cell Pathology

Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Imaging Modalities

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

Please note, the fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

Some postgraduate research students may be asked to pay a bench fee in addition to the tuition fee to cover additional costs of their research project. If such a fee is levied for additional project-specific costs, not included in the tuition fee, you will receive further information during the application process.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help. 

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential. 

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery. 

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related discipline appropriate to your intended research.

Please contact your prospective supervisor in the first instance. Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, please make a formal application.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.