Research course

Biochemistry and Physiology

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to candidates registered with the General Medical Council and working within the NHS or in an approved institution.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

Research facilities and equipment

The Department of Biochemistry and Physiology uses the Faculty core technology programme that supports equipment-intensive research technologies and promotes their use in multidisciplinary research.

This includes facilities for transcriptomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, advanced microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting.

Our human studies are supported by a state-of-the-art clinical trials facility within our Clinical Research Centre where we perform first-in-man trials of experimental medicines and vaccines.

We also have all the standard analytical and project-specific equipment you would expect for research in biochemistry and physiology, including that for cell culture, biochemistry, electrophysiology and molecular biology.

MD overview

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.

Research areas

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Computational and systems biology
  • Sleep, chronobiology and addiction
  • Nutrition, metabolism and diabetes
  • Exercise and musculo-skeletal health
  • Physical activity and vascular function
  • Recent projects include, but are not limited to:
  • The influence of diet on brain development
  • The role of oxytocin in drug addiction
  • The influence of food and light on biological rhythms and sleep
  • Mechanisms of anti-cancer drug resistance
  • In silico modelling of drug action

Information for international students

IELTS minimum overall: 7.0

IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty studentships and scholarships page as and when they become available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details