Research course

Biomedical and Life Sciences

Lancaster University · Biomedical and Life Science

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Applications are welcomed for PhD and MPhil degrees in any of our main research areas.

Postgraduate research students are directly involved in the mainstream research of the Faculty. In addition to receiving specialised training relevant to your research topic and methodology you will be encouraged to take part in the graduate training programme.

This programme offers a range of more generic courses such as teaching skills, statistical methods, computing and languages. You will also be encouraged to attend and present lectures and posters at conferences externally and within the Faculty.

The degree is examined by submission of a thesis (max 80,000 words) and a viva voce examination.

Department specialisms

Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease Progressive degeneration of the nervous system features in many human diseases and can be characterised by impaired movement or cognition. Our research into the underlying processes of healthy ageing is complemented by studying those that lead to brain dysfunction and degeneration in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease. We also research biochemical and structural techniques to understand cellular function at its fundamental level, particularly: corneal stem cell therapies, proteoglycan structure and function, the developmental genetics of Drosophila, and ex vivo human gut tissue modelling. Cancer and DNA Damage Our research investigates aspects of the molecular and cellular biology of cancer including: cellular effects of exposure to carcinogens and ultraviolet light, DNA repair mechanisms, cell cycle control, and the molecular events behind leukaemia, and prostate and colorectal cancers. Parasitology and Microbiology Our research seeks to develop a better understanding of the cell biology of protozoan parasites and yeast, applicable not only to medical parasitology, but also exploiting micro-organisms as models for understanding human cellular function. We also undertake research into viruses as well as prokaryotic and other eukaryotic micro-organisms.

Information for international students

IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply).

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


full time
36 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 593936