Research course

Molecular Cell Biology Research Areas

University of Nottingham · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

In the area of molecular cell biology, we can offer a range of exciting postgraduate research projects focussing on mechanisms of gene regulation and RNA biology. We offer three- and four-year PhD programmes, supported by short, taught courses that will broaden your scientific knowledge and give you high-quality training in both generic and advanced research skills. We can also offer intensive one year intensive MRes projects.

We have particular strengths in research related to:

  • structure/function of nuclear receptors and histone modifying enzymes;
  • deadenylase enzymes in post-transcriptional gene regulation;
  • polyadenylation and RNA-binding proteins;
  • regulation of translation;
  • the role of microRNAs;
  • molecular pathways in cancer and inflammation.

Our research laboratories are located within the multi-disciplinary Centre for Biomolecular Sciences (CBS). We have direct access to state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, including confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, quantitative PCR, next generation sequencing, fluorescence spectroscopy, structural biology and drug discovery. We have a strong network of local and international collaborators, including bioinformaticians, protein crystallographers, NMR spectroscopists, medicinal chemists and clinical researchers.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) for clinical projects and 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element) for science projects.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559