Research course

Cell Signalling

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.

School members undertaking a research degree in Cell Signalling form part of the Cell Signalling Group. Their aim is to utilise the advances being made in molecular genetics and cell biology to study the regulation of cell signalling pathways in healthy and diseased human tissues. The major research themes within the group are:

  • Molecular Pharmacology and Cell Biology of Cell Surface Receptors: molecular pharmacology, regulation and signalling of G-protein-coupled receptors and tyrosine kinase-linked receptors.
  • 'Cross-Talk' Between Different Intracellular Pathways: synergistic interactions between G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs); interactions between GPCRs and tyrosine kinase receptors; cross-cascade signalling of proteins involved in gene transcription.
  • Single molecule analysis of ligand-receptor interactions using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy: research on the development of fluorescent ligands for GPCRs.
  • Use of bimolecular fluorescence complementation to investigate protein-protein interactions: investigation of receptor trafficking and receptor-effector interactions.

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


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


full time
12 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

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