Research course

Genome damage and stability

University of Sussex · School of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

Months of entry


Course content

  • PhD in Genome Stability
  • MPhil in Genome Stability

The School of Life Sciences is a vibrant international research community. We offer MPhil and PhD courses and welcome discussion with applicants on potential projects falling within our research interests.

The Genome Damage and Stability Centre enables scientists of different disciplines to be housed in one building and to benefit from mutual interests. Our work ranges from studies on the protein molecules that repair DNA inside cells to the genes that are altered or mutated in cancer cells and in neurological disease, with the aim of understanding these diseases and how we might defeat them.

Student progress and support

Throughout your studies, you are expected to take part in laboratory meetings, journal clubs and a weekly seminar series. We encourage all students to participate in national and international scientific meetings.

The School offers full support to all research students by monitoring their research progress in the form of annual reviews, informal meetings and mid-year reports (Year 1). The annual Postgraduate Research Colloquium brings doctoral students and faculty together for a wider discussion of research projects within the School. All third-year doctoral students give a talk on their research, and all second-year students submit a poster depicting the key aims and objectives, methods and findings of their project.

We aim to ensure that you have the best possible research experience. The relationships between supervisors and research students are among the most rewarding of academic partnerships. We also host regular social events for our students to mingle with their peers and supervisors across the biosciences. We take student feedback seriously and doctoral students are represented on our Student Experience Committee.

Information for international students

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£18,750 per year

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678057