Research course


University of Liverpool · School of Clinical Sciences

Entry requirements

To discuss the entry requirements for this programme please contact Lisa Crimmins at

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Department of Gastroenterology ( provides excellent opportunities for laboratory and clinical research focusing on the pathogenesis of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract in humans and animals ( The high quality of our research was specifically commented on in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise and we have funding from sources including MRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR and CRUK. Our focus is on 'translational' research that will take advances in basic medical research out of the laboratory and into the hospital or veterinary clinic 'from the bench to bedside' in order to improve the health and welfare of people and animals world-wide.

Our research areas specifically focus on:

Gastrointestinal Cancers - molecular pathogenesis; regulation of apoptosis in the GI tract; the gastrin family of peptides; epithelial glycobiology; development of biomarkers
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - role of bacterial factors; the development and assessment of novel therapies
Tropical Gastroenterology, GI Infections and bacteraemia
The Health Economics of Gastrointestinal Disease
Equine Gastroenterology - epidemiology and evaluation of equine colic; metabolomics
Small Animal Gastroenterology - gastric physiology and response to NSAIDs
We employ the whole range of cutting-edge experimental techniques from mechanistic studies involving cell-lines and gastrointestinal tissues through to patient studies and clinical trials.

Laboratory research is based mainly in the main campus in the Henry Wellcome Laboratory of Molecular & Cellular Gastroenterology. Clinical research and trials are conducted at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Microbial Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and at the Leahurst Veterinary Field Station within the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital and Small Animal Teaching Hospital.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months


full time
24-72 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927