Research course


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


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.

Research students will have access to a superb range of methodologies, ranging from molecular to whole animal and human studies to investigate:

  • Animal Models of Mental Disease: early environmental influences on brain neurochemistry and function in relation to mental disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, schizophrenia and depression, particularly the role of amine, amino acid and neuropeptide neurotransmission; neurogenesis during depression.
  • Drugs of Abuse: mechanisms of reward and aversive behaviour, with particular reference to cannabinoids. Neurotoxicity and metabolites of ecstasy (MDMA).
  • Pain Mechanisms: the roles of GABA, vanilloid and cannabinoid receptor systems in models of chronic pain.
  • Neurodegeneration and Neurotoxicity: molecular mechanisms underlying chronic human neurodegenerative disorders, particularly the role of the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway; mechanisms of reactive metabolite generation in drug toxicity and validation of alternative methods; neurovascular damage mechanisms; embryotoxicity.
  • Hypothalamic Control of Puberty and Body Weight: the hypothalamic basis of energy metabolism; mechanisms involved in male reproductive maturation.

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

Department specialisms

School members form part of the Institute of Neuroscience. The Institute is able to facilitate high-quality, multidisciplinary, clinical and non-clinical neuroscience research. This group has access to a superb range of methodologies, ranging from molecular to whole animal and human studies to investigate.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element). The University International Office is available to help.

Fees and funding

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


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559