PhD Biological Sciences

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Overview

The PhD programme within the Department of Biological Sciences gives suitably-qualified graduates the chance to address important biological questions using state-of-the-art facilities and under the aegis of academic staff who have trained in internationally renowned labs. Importantly, it also equips graduates with a range of generally applicable professional skills to maximise future employability.

We provide high-calibre, discipline-specific training to equip students with advanced knowledge and research skills that are relevant to both academia and the biotechnology sector. The training takes advantage of XJTLU's distinctive international features and vibrant research environment to prepare graduates for advanced careers in the life sciences.

The Department offers four-year PhD programmes managed through collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion of your programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by the UK’s Department of Education as well as China’s Ministry of Education.

As a registered full-time PhD student, you have the opportunity to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months. Your accommodation and travel fees will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Full-time PhD students are also funded to attend local and international conferences during their studies.

Key benefits of PhD study at XJTLU:

  • Our PhD programme equips you with a range of professional skills to help you maximise your future employability
  • Our supervisors will guide you through one of the most intellectually satisfying experiences of your life
  • Supervision from respected academics at both XJTLU and the University of Liverpool
  • PhD students have dedicated travel budgets for participating in international conferences
  • The chance to apply for a research visit to the University of Liverpool for up to three months
  • Opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and develop crucial academic skills.

Fees

Scholarships

We have a number of scholarship options for PhD candidates, including tuition-only scholarships for full-time PhD study and an academic merit scholarship for international students. Please see our scholarships page for more information.

Additionally, specific funded PhD projects are available that have a scholarship covering the tuition fee and a monthly stipend. Please visit scholarships for specific financial information. The Department has the following funded PhD projects available (this list is updated in January and July every year):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
Structural Delineation of Kinases and Metalloproteinases Involved in Cancer Development PGRS11-03-04 Open Dr Meng Lee [email protected]
Migraine mechanism: Cortical Spreading Depression induces CGRP expression involving ROS and TRPA1 RDF-15-02-10 Open Dr Minyan Wang [email protected]

Entry requirements

We accept a wide variety of academic qualifications for entry onto our PhD programme. Please see our entry requirements for additional information.

How to apply

All applications for a PhD programme should start with you emailing potential supervisors about either a specific funded project or about your idea for a self-funded project.

They can help you with the next stages of the application process and you can also find out more information on our how to apply section.