Research course

Biochemistry and Cell Biology

University of Nottingham · School of Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

For MRes courses applicants are expected to hold a 2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. For PhD options applicants are expected to hold a 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Programme consists of a combination of research skills training provided by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Postgraduate Training Programme, together with supervised independent research, leading to completion of a PhD or a Masters by Research (MRes) thesis. Our students enjoy expert supervision, extensive training, leading-edge facilities, strong industrial links with major pharma companies and the opportunity to undertake short commercial placements. The School encourages students to present their own original research as abstracts and oral and/or poster communications within the School and at national and international scientific meetings.

Current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of growth, development and adaptation in both health and disease. The techniques employed include molecular biology, cell culture, microinjection, proteomic analysis, microarray screening, advanced imaging techniques, molecular structure determination and modelling. Most of the research is conducted in vitro or in tissue and organ culture. Increasingly, we expect to use computational analysis and simulation. One of the research groups in is especially dedicated to developing alternatives to animal experimentation. The school is heavily involved in the use and development of genomic, proteomic and imaging technologies in two of the technology clusters of the University (Post-genomic Technologies Cluster and Imaging Cluster).

The School has particular strengths in the following areas:

Signal transduction in proliferation and inflammation; intracellular trafficking
Post-translational modification of transcription factors and chromatin remodelling
Proteasome structure and function, neurodegeneration
Ubiquitin, ubiquitin binding proteins, ubiquitin ligases and ubiquitin-like proteins
Regulation of lipid metabolism
Structure of membranes, membrane proteins and transport across membranes
Cardiovascular development, cell adhesion and bacterial pathogens
DNA recombination and repair
Tumour suppression and protein trafficking
Structure and function of STAT proteins.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Research councils (MRC, BBSRC, and EPSRC), the Medical Charities (e.g., Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation) the University, and industry provide studentships covering tuition fees and subsistence. Research council studentships may be CASE awards, which are joint with an industrial partner.

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences' web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months


full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Administrator
+44 (0)115 823 0109
+44 (0)115 823 0142