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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.

Please check the FAQ for further information about studying for a PhD at XJTLU.

Fees

Scholarships

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 regularly updated):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor
T-Cell Immunity and Diseases
FOS-16-07 Open Dr Hebin Liu [email protected]
Stress Triggered CGRP and Immune Responses Associated with Migraine FOS-16-08 Open Dr Minyan Wang
[email protected]
The role of long non-coding RNA and RNA m6A methylation in host antiviral immunity
FOS-17-15 Open Dr Rong Rong
[email protected]
Tumor-promoting roles of the chromatin-associated DEK oncogene in metastatic melanoma
RDF-17-01-05 Open Dr Ferdinand Kappes
[email protected]

To study a cytoplasmic form of transcription factor AP4 that can control cell morphology and migration

RDF-17-02-01 Open Dr Sung-Kay Chiu
[email protected]lu.edu.cn

Dynamics of mRNA m6A methylome induced by hepatitis B virus X protein and its significance for the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma

RDF-17-02-31 Open Dr Rong Rong
[email protected]

Characterization of honey bee viral infection and replication in honey bee and the mites

RDF-17-02-38 Open Dr Tatsuhiko Kadowaki
[email protected]

Mechanism of Cancer Therapeutic Resistance

RDF-SP-22 Open Dr Mu Wang
[email protected]

Sarcoma family kinase signaling in migraine pathophysiology

RDF-17-02-57 Open

Dr Minyan Wang
Mi[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.