College funded PhD scheme (September 2018 intake)

College PhD Scheme

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's top research universities.  From the invention of genetic fingerprinting through to identifying the recently-discovered remains of King Richard III - our work is world-leading and impactful. The College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester offers a dynamic, modern environment for postgraduate research, built on decades of highly respected achievement.

Across our disciplines we’re conducting research at the cutting edge. We believe that universities have a unique and critical role in advancing knowledge and helping to overcome major challenges faced by society. To deliver this, we have created two new Research Institutes:

  • Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology (LISCB) - exploiting synergies in research technologies and approaches to deliver major advances in both fundamental and translational research in the fields of structural biology, chemical biology and single-molecule research.
  • Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI) - develops, evaluates and implements prevention and treatment based on unique characteristics of individuals and subgroups of the population to provide more effective and safer healthcare and improved health to benefit populations internationally.  A joint venture with University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

We continue to make substantial investments into a critical mass of future biomedical research talent by offering PhD studentships that will tackle some of the world’s most pressing and biomedical issues at the College of Life Sciences.

To enhance our existing research profile, we are offering a number of full-time research studentships across our world-class Departments and Research Institutes:

  • Cancer Studies (See Molecular and Cell Biology, LISCB, and LPMI)
  • Cardiovascular Sciences (1 studentship)Bench work
  • Diabetes Research (1 studentship)
  • Genetics (2 studentships)
  • Health Sciences (2 studentships)
  • Infection, Inflammation and Immunity (3 studentships)
  • LISCB: Leicester Institute of Structural and Chemical Biology; CRUK (4 studentships)
  • LPMI: Leicester Precision Medicine Institute ; BRC; CRUK (8 studentships)
  • Medical Education (1 studentship)
  • Molecular and Cell Biology (1 studentship)
  • Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour (3 studentships)

More information on project titles, supervisors, closing dates and how to apply

Studentships are FULL-TIME and available to Home/EU students with at least a 2(i) degree or equivalent.
Fees, bench contribution and RCUK equivalent stipend will be covered.

You’ll receive financial backing and the support of an inclusive and collaborative research culture - enabling you to realise your potential.

In the funding section of the online application form, please select ‘Studentship’ and then Select ‘CLS’ in the next dropdown option. Please also indicate the name of the project supervisor(s) and the project title in the space provided.


Additionally, the following are also available with our Midlands partner institutions (note these have DIFFERENT closing dates so check very carefully):

The MRC and BBSRC schemes have different closing dates so please check carefully via the web links.  Plus, look out for details of new studentships coming soon.

For further general details and eligibility criteria please contact the Department/supervisor directly or email Professor Donald Jones, College Director of Post Graduate Research (

For online application enquiries please contact PGR Admissions Office


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