Research course


University of Birmingham · Division of Medical Sciences
PhDMSc by researchMD

Entry requirements

For Masters study: 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. For PhD study: 1st (Hons) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject. For MD: please contact the School directly Work-related experience is also taken into account for registration.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Our current research covers a wide portfolio of basic, translational and clinical research focusing on: adrenal and gonadal steroids; thyroid cancer; thyroid dysfunction; fetal and reproductive endocrinology; pituitary disease; and auto-immunity.

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Hormones and Genes research (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Genetics) represents a significant research strength within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, as evidenced by the fact 75% of our RAE 2008 submission in the area of Other Hospital Based Clinical Subjects was considered internationally excellent or world leading. Current research covers a wide portfolio of basic, translational and clinical research focusing on adrenal and gonadal steroids, thyroid cancer, hyroid dsyfunction, fetal and reproductive endocrinology, pituitary disease, and auto-immunity. Ongoing studies employ a broad range of in vitro and in vivo approaches including mouse transgenic and knockout models, as well as clinical translational and interventional studies carried out in the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility immediately adjacent to the Institute of Biomedical Research, the lab base for most of the Endocrine and Diabetes Groups, Clinical research is also enhanced by close interaction with the University Hospital Birmingham and cohort and database studies (thyroid disease, pituitary disease, and adrenal disease).

Respiratory Medicine

Research focuses on investigating the factors governing neutrophil differentiation, activation and recruitment as processes that determine the degree of tissue damage resulting in the establishment and progression of chronic lung disease. Major interests include chronic chest infections and the role of proteinases and proteinase inhibitors in this process.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 3 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at:

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit:

Department specialisms

Endocrinology; Diabetes; Control of Thyroid and Adrenal Function; Osteoporotic Bone Disease; Gastroenterology; Pharmocokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Studies of Drugs.

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at

Fees and funding

UK students
PhD/MSc by Research: £4,121 FT - £2,061 PT / MD: £2,061 PT
International students
PhD/MSc by Research: £17,910 FT / MD: £17,910 PT

A number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors including the MRC and the Wellcome Trust, as well as national and local charities; home/EU students should contact the School directly for further information.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005