Check the entry requirements and find out how to apply:
CHINA - Mainland CHINA - Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan GLOBAL


The PhD 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. Pursuing a full-time PhD normally involves three years of conducting research and one year of writing up thesis, supported by subject-specific and generic skills training and development. A full-time PhD student must submit the thesis within four years (or six years for part-time PhD students).

The programme will be managed through collaboration between XJTLU and the University of Liverpool. Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive a degree from the University of Liverpool, which is recognised by 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 six months. Your accommodation and travel costs will be covered by XJTLU and the University of Liverpool.

XJTLU provides every registered PhD student with conference fund of up to RMB16,500 over the course of the study at XJTLU. The purpose of this fund is to support students’ academic experience, encourage the dissemination of research, and enhance XJTLU’s research profile nationally and internationally.

PhD Biological Sciences Research Areas

  • Cancer biology
  • Cell signalling
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Proteomics
  • Structural biology
  • Bioinformatics

Enterprise Entrusted PhD Projects

The university has a wide research collaboration with industry. Opportunities are available for candidates to undertake an Enterprise Entrusted PhD Project funded by industrial partners in one of the following research areas:

  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Toxicolog
  • Artificial Intelligence in Drug design
  • Drug safety evaluation
  • Nanomedicine
  • Omics Technology
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Mechanism of drug metabolism
  • Biomarker discovery and application
  • Discovery and validation of new drug targets
  • Epidemiology

For these projects, your will be jointly supervised by a team of academic staff members from both the XJTLU Academy of Pharmacy and University of Liverpool, and also an industry honorary professor from respective enterprise who provides guidance on research topics as well as future career possibilities.

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 six 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.

Potential supervisors


XJTLU offers a range of scholarships to highly motivated and qualified candidates to pursue research leading to a PhD degree.

There are generally two channels for you to receive a PhD scholarship:


You can apply for an existing PhD project which has received funds from the university or external funding bodies. These projects have an established research topic and a formed supervisory team. You can check the individual PhD programme for information about specific projects available or contact potential supervisors to discuss funding opportunities. Available funded PhD projects are as followed: (this list is regularly updated):

Title of PhD project Reference number Status Supervisor

Construction of QSAR models for searching multi-target drug hits beyond similarity-based applicability domains 一种全新的基于机器学习算法的定量构效关系方法在多靶点药物设计中的应用

PGRS1906017 Open Dr. Xin Liu

Physiological and functional characterization of Arthropod specific Anoctamin, ArANO

PGRS2012003 Open Dr. Tatsuhiko Kadowaki
Measuring cancer evolution in a changing tumour microenvironment 度量肿瘤在不断变化的肿瘤微环境中的演化 PGRS2012043 Open Dr. Xiaowei Jiang
Community structure, function and degradation potential of the plastisphere microbiome PGRS2106047 Open Dr. Sekar Raju


There will be two application rounds for each academic year:

  • First round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 October will be reviewed in the first round and the decision will be announced in December.
  • Second round – applications submitted by 17:00 CST(UTC+8), 15 April will be reviewed in the second round and the decision will be announced in June.

Go to Scholarships to find more information about how to apply for the scholarships.