Research course

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Glasgow · Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Entry requirements

Awarded or expected first class or high upper second class BSc degree.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research aims to answer fundamental questions about how cells and organisms work at the molecular level. We study the structures and properties of DNA, RNA and protein molecules, and how these molecules interact within cells to form complex functional systems. We are also working towards applications of our knowledge to address important real-world problems.

Our Biochemists and Molecular Biologists study the “molecules of life”, the essential molecular components of all living organisms. We aim to understand how these molecules perform their functions, using a variety of modern approaches including structural analysis at the atomic level by X-ray crystallography, NMR spectrometry, and biophysical methods, functional analysis of proteins and nucleic acids in vitro, molecular/systems analysis in living cells, and molecular genetics. Our knowledge gained by this research gives us opportunity to invent and develop novel ways of altering biological systems to our advantage, with applications in molecular medicine, biotechnology, and synthetic biology.

Start dates are set by both your supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see a list of funding opportunities by area.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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