Research course


University of Bristol · Department of Biochemistry
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject is required for entry to the PhD programme. Applicants who have completed their degree in certain countries will require an MSc to enable them to enter our PhD programme. We may consider MSc by research applications from candidates with a lower second-class degree (or international equivalent). Applicants for the MD should be medically qualified and should consult with the graduate director before applying.

Months of entry


Course content

As a school, we believe that part of our mission is to train the next generation of life scientists. We take great pride in the standard of our postgraduate provision and offer both three- and four-year PhD programmes. It is also possible to pursue a MD degree, or a one-year MSc by Research degree. Competition for places on our postgraduate programmes is high, but we believe that we offer a unique and nurturing environment for talented students.

You will receive extensive research training covering methodology, critical interpretation and problem-solving, as well as transferable skills training in communication, presentation, teamwork, time management and teaching. Training is also available in enterprise and entrepreneurship. You will have access to the world-class Wolfson Bioimaging Facility that provides a suite of state-of-the-art light and electron microscopes. In addition, the Proteomics Facility offers bespoke proteomics services for researchers.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funding to support postgraduate studentships is provided by the BBSRC, BHF, MRC and the Wellcome Trust (eligibility criteria apply). A limited number of University scholarships are also available for exceptional UK, EU and overseas students, although international students are usually either self-funded or supported by funds from their own governments.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students can be found on our webpage,

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mrs Ruth Batterham Postgraduate
+44 (0) 117 331 1599