Research course

Biochemistry and Physiology

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

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.

PhD overview

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.

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

At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by learning techniques, planning the structure of your work and starting to gather data, based on an agreed timetable.

Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and on the process of getting research data published.

PhD students are initially registered for a probationary period and proceed to full PhD registration after one year, subject to a successful confirmation report and viva voce exam. The research towards a PhD normally takes approximately three years, with a further year to write the PhD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

Department specialisms

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

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
60-96 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 689730