Life Sciences

Find PhD studentships and postgraduate funding in biology, biosciences, health sciences, medicine, and psychology
Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour

3 Year Royal Society Fellowship Studentship to commence October 2019

Project: Molecular basis of hearing in Insects

For project description and application information click HERE

Supervisor  Dr Ben Warren

Funding provides a stipend at UKRI rates and fee wavier at UK/EU rates for a period of 3  years.

Available to UK/EU applicants only.



30 May 2019

Health Sciences

3 Year PhD Studentship/Fellowship  available for September 2019

Funded by THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute)

Project: The role of visual management tools for the coordination of teams in healthcare

Supervisors: Dr Nicola Mackintosh and Dr Nicola Bateman

Funding provides: Enhanced Stipend - an annual tax-free stipend of £25,000pa and Tuition Fees at UK/EU rates for 3 years (4 years if 1+3 pathway is applied) plus additional funds for Conference and research.

Available to UK / EU applicants.


18th March 2019


Interviews expected to be held w/c 8th April

Genetics and Genome Biology

3 Year PhD Studentship available for September 2019

Project: Using bioinformatics and ontologies to bridge between healthcare, human genetics and model organism research

Supervisors: Dr Tim Beck and Prof Anthony Brookes

Funding provides tuition fees at UK/EU rates and stipend for 3 years.

Available to UK/EU applicants only.


29th March 2019

College of Life Sciences


Various disciplines

2 x 3 year CLS HDR UK PhD Studentships

University of Leicester, College of Life Sciences (CLS) & Health Data Research (HDR) UK are offering 2 PhD Studentships for September 2019

AVAILABLE PROJECTS - please click on the project links for further details and application advice:

  • Project 1
Complex synthesis of multi-component interventions studies impacting on multiple outcome measures: Optimisation of packages of care for preventing childhood accidents in the home.


Supervisors: Prof Alex Sutton (Health Sciences) & Prof Nicola Cooper (Health Sciences)

Department: Health Sciences


  • Project 2

Use of electronic health records for efficient evaluation of biomarkers as diagnostic tools and surrogate endpoints in Alzheimer’s disease

Supervisors: Dr Rhiannon Owen (Health Sciences) , Dr Sylwia Bujkiewicz (Health Sciences) & Dr Terry Quinn (Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, & Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group)

Department: Health Sciences


  • Project 3

Statistical and machine learning approaches to risk prediction: Development, comparison and application of multi-state survival methods to modelling complex disease trajectories

Supervisors: Dr Michael Crowther (Health Sciences) , Dr Michael Sweeting (Health Sciences) & Dr David Adlam (Cardiovascular Sciences)

Department: Health Sciences & Cardiovascular Sciences


  • Project 4

Evaluating non-linear causal effects of lifestyle on health

Supervisors: Frank Dudbridge (Health Sciences) and  Nuala Sheehan (Health Sciences)

Department: Health Sciences


  • Project 5

Intelligent Automated Interpretation and Reporting of Medical Images

Supervisors: Dr Emma Chung (Cardiovascular Sciences) & Dr Mohammad Reza Zare (Informatics)

Department: Cardiovascular Sciences & Informatics


  • Project 6

Identification of movement patterns indicative of frailty and pre-frailty using wearable activity monitors

Supervisors: Alex Rowlands (Diabetes Research Centre), Tom Yates (Diabetes Research Centre), Mateusz Bocian (Engineering) & Simon Conroy (Health Sciences)

Department: Diabetes Research Centre, Engineering & Health Sciences


  • Project 7

Evaluating use of national databases of routinely collected data as an alternative to direct patient contact for clinical trial design, follow-up & generalisability

Supervisors: Dr William Toff (Cardiovascular Sciences) , Prof Keith Abrams (Health Sciences) & Prof Laura Gray (Health Sciences)

Department: Cardiovascular Sciences & Health Sciences


  • Project 8

MAchine learninG In Characterising electrophysiological mechanisms underlying   persistent Atrial Fibrillation (MAGIC-AF)

Supervisors: Professor Andre Ng (Cardiovascular Sciences) , Dr Huiyu Zhou (Informatics) & Dr Xin Li (Cardiovascular Sciences)

Department: Cardiovascular Sciences & Informatics


  • Project 9

Development of Methods for Evaluating Use of Targeted Tests in Emergency Medicine

Supervisors: Dr Rhiannon Owen (Health Sciences) , Professor Tim Coats (Cardiovascular Sciences) & Dr Michael Sweeting (Health Sciences)

Department: Health Sciences


  • Project 10

Evaluation and development of methodologies for using real world evidence to investigate the results of randomised controlled trials

Supervisors: Dr Clare Gillies (Leicester Diabetes Centre) , Prof Kamlesh Khunti (Leicester Diabetes Centre) , Prof Keith Abrams (Health Sciences) & Dr Francesco Zaccardi (Leicester Diabetes Centre)

Department: Health Sciences & Cardiovascular Sciences


  • Project 11

Harnessing the full potential of primary care data to better predict patient outcomes: a case study in Type 2 Diabetes

Supervisors: Prof Laura Gray (Health Sciences), Prof Kamlesh Khunti (Leicester Diabetes Centre) & Dr Michael Crowther (Health Sciences)

Department: Health Sciences & Leicester Diabetes Centre


Available to UK/EU applicants only

The funded provides a tax-free stipend at RCUK rates (£15,009 for 2019/20) and UK/EU fees for 3 years


3rd April 2019


Interviews are likely to take place  week commencing 8th or 15th April.

Health Sciences

(Biostatistics Research Group)

3 year British Heart Foundation Studentship to start September 2019

Project Title: Estimating excess rates of disease-specific morbidity and mortality in cardiovascular disease patients

Supervisors: Dr Michael Sweeting and Professor Paul Lambert

Available to UK/EU and International applicants.

Funding provides Stipend of £19,919 and UK/EU tuition fees for three years.*

*International applicants that do not qualify for the UK/EU tuition fees must be able to demonstrate that they can pay the difference between UK/EU and International fees for the duration of their studies.


15th April 2019

College of Life Sciences

Various disciplines

4 year BBSRC Midlands Innovative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP)

Studentships available for September 2019

Projects and application information

Available to UK/EU applicants only.

Funding provides stipend and UK/EU fees for 4 years.

5th May 2019

Health Sciences

3 year Fully-funded PhD Studentship starting in September 2019

For details of the project and application process can be found HERE

Project title: Home-based exercise in chronic kidney disease

Supervisors: Professor Alice Smith & Dr Thomas Wilkinson

Available for UK and EU candidates only



Open until filled

UK Government Doctoral Loan

Doctoral / PhD Loans Available from UK Government  from 1 August 2018 for UK/EU Nationals

The UK Government has introduced new Postgraduate Doctoral Loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018.

Full details and the application form are available from  GOV.UK  Doctoral Loan

Please make sure you read the full eligibility and residency criteria.

If you apply for a Doctoral Loan you will be able to register for your course once you have provided us with evidence that your application has been approved. Students in receipt of the Doctoral Loan are able to pay in 3 instalments instead of the standard 2, the due dates of the instalments will be in line with the dates you receive your loan payments.

Various Postgraduate Scholarships

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Open Until Filled

Postgraduate Loans

Masters Degree Loans - including MPhil (Master of Philosophy)

UK/EU Nationals living in England - Have you considered applying for a Postgraduate Loan to help fund your Taught Masters or MPhil study?
Please refer to Postgraduate Loans for details of the loan arrangements, eligibility and the application process.

PhD Loans (Available from 2018 for UK Nationals)

The UK Government will introduce new doctoral loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes from 2018. Full details are to be announced shortly. In the meantime please refer to the latest information available at

Masters Degree (MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MRes) Funding

Scholarships and bursaries for Masters degree programmes are advertised as they become available.

Please see the main listing for current Masters degree funding opportunities.

Scholarships available for individual Masters Courses can be found on the Fees and Funding section of the relevant Masters Course page.

Discount Schemes

Other Funding Sources

Alternatively, why not combine your postgraduate course with your career and earn while you learn - see our part-time and distance learning degrees.

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