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The underlying causes of the diabetic foot: revascularisation deficit and novel strategies to boost healing


Funded PhD


3 years (full-time)

Application deadline:

10 February 2023

About this project

The diabetic foot is one of the most debilitating comorbidities of diabetes. It is caused by impaired tissue repair, which leads to limb dysfunction and ultimately amputation. Surgical interventions are commonly utilised but are not suitable for all patients, which makes diabetic foot an unresolved medical emergency.

In this project we aim to: 1) utilise RNA-sequence data from animal models of diabetes and wound tissue explanted from diabetes foot patients to identify new disease mechanisms; 2) investigate novel molecular mechanisms of impaired wound repair in primary human cell cultures modelling diabetes (dermal endothelial cells for revascularisation studies and dermal fibroblasts/epithelial cells for repair studies); 3) test the effect of pharmacological and dietary interventions on wound healing using animal models of diabetes and human wound tissue cultures ex vivo.

The successful candidate will join the internationally renowned Hull York Medical School, embedded in a £28 million state-of-the-art Health Campus at the University of Hull, with opportunities to work with biomedical scientists at the Daisy Research facilities of Castle Hill hospital and industrial collaborators on wound healing research.

The supervisors have extensive experience of working with experimental models of tissue regeneration, biomedical research and drug discovery platforms, and industrial partnering and commercialisation.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Holly Wilkinson.


Join us at a free webinar at 6 pm on Monday 5 December for more information about the funded projects available through this cluster. You will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme.

About the research cluster


Diabetes is a multifaceted disease that reduces life quality and expectancy through a plethora of health complications and comorbidities. As the number of people living with diabetes is increasing, the societal impact of this disease is predicted to rise significantly in the next decades. The complexity of diabetes requires a multidisciplinary research approach to understand its mechanisms and deliver novel therapeutic tools.

This project will be part of a PhD cluster that will bring together a multidisciplinary team from five different Schools within the University of Hull to investigate four fundamental aspects of diabetes: 1) the effect on blood clotting and vascular health; 2) the association with kidney diseases; 3) the impairment of wound healing leading to peripheral limb diseases; 4) the combined effect of diabetes and dementia on life quality and disease progression.

As part of the cluster, these studentships will be embedded in a multidisciplinary and highly collaborative network. The students will participate in several cluster-wide activities, such as cluster-wide meetings with shared research updates, biweekly seminars, regular sessions on career progression and opportunities, an online community providing research news and local updates via monthly emails and via a dedicated webpage, and regular social activities for both students and supervisors.

How to apply

You will need to supply a personal statement when applying for this scholarship position. Find out more about writing a personal statement. Please also ensure you include the following information:

  1. What motivates you to pursue PhD study
  2. Why you are interested in this project
  3. How your skill set matches the requirements for your choice of project and/or any additional training you will need
  4. The wider significance of research in this area and potential future research directions for the project.

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Additional guidance on how to apply.

Closing date for applications

10 February 2023

Start date

1 October 2023

Postgraduate Rebecca Humphries & Georgia Sykes walking by HUBS Wharfe Building

University of Hull's Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential.


  • The successful applicant will receive a fee waiver and a maintenance grant/stipend for three years (full-time) or five years (part-time), which covers the research period of the PhD. The fee waiver for 22/23 is £4,596 (Home fee) and the maintenance grant is £17,668 per annum. This rises each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended stipend allowance.
  • If you need to move into a fourth year (full-time) or sixth year (part-time) to complete your thesis, please note that you will not receive a tuition fee waiver or maintenance grant during this period and you will be required to pay a continuation fee.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in a biomedical or medicinal chemistry related subject. A taught MSc or Masters by Research in a relevant subject or relevant laboratory experience would be an advantage.

For more details on our entry requirements please visit the postgraduate admissions webpage.

This scholarship is available for full-time and part-time study.

International applicants

This opportunity comes with a Home fee waiver only, which will not cover the full International fee. You will therefore need to pay the difference between the Home fee and the International fee every year and will need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover this.

The amount you will have to pay will depend on the PhD programme that you will be registered on. For scholarships based in Hull York Medical School, you will be registered on PhD Medical Sciences.

Below is an illustration of what that could mean for you, based on 2022 fees. NB fees rise each year so the example below is an approximation only.

International fee for PhD Biomedical Sciences: £23,900

Home fee waiver: £4,596

Difference to pay per annum: £19,304

Submission of thesis

Submission of your final thesis is expected within three years and three months from the start of your PhD scholarship.

Research training

As a PhD student at Hull York Medical School, you will receive comprehensive research training and support.

Enrolment, Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) and Visa information

If your application is successful and your PhD is based at the University of Hull, you will need to complete your enrolment through the University of Hull online system (we will send you information nearer the time). If you are also an overseas applicant your CAS will be issued through the University of Hull applicant portal, please ensure you complete your CAS requirements using your University of Hull portal.

The University of Hull visa team can be contacted at