Research course

Cellular and Molecular Medicine

University of Bristol · Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
PhDMSc by researchMD

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 programmes. 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

The School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the study of cancer biology, infection and immunology, and stem cell biology.

A major refurbishment of our immunology, microbiology, virology, stem cell biology and cancer research laboratories has created an outstanding working environment with state-of-the-art facilities. Researchers in the school also have access to facilities in the Molecular Recognition Centre and the Cell Imaging and Wolfson Bioimaging Facility within the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

Staff research interests include:

  • childhood and adult cancers
  • stem cell biology
  • molecular genetics
  • developmental biology
  • haematological disorders
  • immunology
  • arthritis
  • neurological diseases
  • virology
  • bacterial antibiotic resistance
  • bacterial pathogenesis.

The school places its focus on translational research, ie turning basic scientific discoveries into something clinically useful. Key successes of this type include the development of novel drugs and therapies, diagnostic tests and the implementation of changes to clinical practice. Several members of staff in the school are clinicians.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Details about funded places and scholarships are listed on the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences graduate schools website,

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from our webpage,

Qualification and course duration


part time
84 months
full time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Matthew Avison
0117 331 2036