Research course

Microbial and Cellular Sciences

University of Surrey · Department of Postgraduate Medical School

Entry requirements

PhD: Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language. Please contact the Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications. MD: Open to candidates registered with the General Medical Council and working within the NHS or in an approved institution.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and has well-established collaborations with industry and clinical practice.

As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field, as well as tailored research training. We specialise in studies employing an integrated systems biology approach encompassing clinical, laboratory and computational investigation.

Research for an MD may be carried out in the clinical workplace and/or in the University’s facilities, and will be supervised jointly by a collaborative supervisor from the hospital and a principal supervisor from the Faculty. Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus some time to write up the MD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

Close links with industry and clinical practice are encouraged, and many of our projects are directly sponsored by industry.

Department specialisms

Mycobacteria, mengitis,Virology, diagnostics, detection systems, RNA virus translation studies, epidemiology, strain differentiation, antigen engineering, induction of cellular dysfunction, apoptosis, immunity, foodborne infection, molecular microbiology.

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0, IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

Fees and funding

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 689 730