Research course

Ion Channels, Transporters and Receptors

University of Leeds · Faculty of Biological Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, but relevant experience may be taken into consideration.

Months of entry


Course content

Research is ongoing into the structure/function relationships, regulation, trafficking and targeting of membrane proteins in organisms ranging from bacteria to plants and mammals, both in health and disease. Key classes of channels being investigated include voltage- and ligand-gated potassium channels, chloride channels, water channels, P2X purinergic receptors and TRP channels. In the transporter area, a wide diversity of protein families are under study, including cation-linked metabolite and drug transporters, cation exchangers, ABC transporters and proton pumps, while investigations on receptors include GPCRs and two-component systems. In addition to investigations of function, there is a focus on determination of the structures of membrane transporters, ion channels and membrane protein complexes by EM and X-ray crystallography, together with the design and synthesis of selective ligands.

Information for international students

The Faculty has many years experience welcoming international students. Details of our entry requirements can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Information on fees, funding and finance can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36+ months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Martha Smith
+44 (0)113 343 8186