Research course

Gastrointestinal Surgery

University of Nottingham · School of Medicine
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

Gastrointestinal Surgery is part of the Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre (NDDC) and participates in collaborative research projects in medical and surgical gastroenterology. The division enjoys an international reputation for its pioneering work in colorectal cancer screening, but this is just one of a number of areas of research.

Current areas of research include:

  • Screening for colorectal cancer, early detection of adenomas and cancers and the use of new prognostic markers.
  • Enhanced recovery after gastrointestinal surgery, optimising intravenous fluid delivery for surgical patients.
  • Pharmacological treatments for anal fissures.
  • Pharmacological treatments for haemorrhoids
  • Therapeutic interventions in the treatment of faecal incontinence.
  • Pathogenesis of diverticular disease and gastro abdominal pain.
  • Tissue engineering for liver regeneration.
  • Sepsis in the surgical patient.

The division has excellent laboratory facilities for measuring gastrointestinal function including ambulatory systems for the upper and lower GI tract.

We also carry out extensive organ bath work using in vitro preparations for pharmacological studies of sphincter and bowel. We have facilities for molecular biology and functional gastrointestinal imaging.

Visit the NDDC website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559