PhD Studentships

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 22 May 2017

Closing Date
Monday, 22nd May 2017

Five Three-year PhD Studentships in the School of Medicine


MED 1017

Closing Date

Monday, 22 May 2017


School of Medicine

Background: The School of Medicine is the largest school in the University, covering a diverse range of medical, surgical, and other healthcare disciplines. Our world-leading research ranges from basic and translational science through to clinical trials, health economics, epidemiology, and health services research. Our research covers 11 major themes and we are also home to 19 divisions and units. We have a vibrant postgraduate community following a range of research programmes across the medical sciences, applied psychology, and other healthcare professions.  Our mission is to improve human health and quality of life locally, nationally and internationally through outstanding education, research and patient care.

Project description: We invite applications for five 3 year PhD positions, funded by the John Mortimer Shipstone Ratcliff Medical Scholarships and the Joan Browne Legacy. Successful candidates will choose one of the following projects:

1) Studying epigenetic mechanisms determining commitment of human pluripotent cells to hepatic endoderm. ( )

2) Engineering Leukaemic Stem Cells for Rational Drug Development )

3) Roles of non-coding RNAs in childhood ependymomas (

4) Addressing uncertainties for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis. ( )

5) Neurochemical profiles of hearing loss, tinnitus and distress using non-invasive Magnetic Resonance techniques (

6) Emotional support interventions for people with multiple sclerosis around the point of diagnosis (

7) Does fatty liver disease predict cardiovascular outcomes independently of other known cardiovascular risk factors? An analysis of data in the UK biobank. ( )

8) Developing an effective smoking cessation intervention for COPD patients. ( )

9) Exercise as medicine: discovery of novel “exerkines” regulating the health benefits of physical activity. ( )

10) Brown adipose tissue activation in humans. ( )

11) The design and development of a trans-theoretical intervention for supporting learners across the continuum of medical education to manage the challenge of learning and working with complexity ( )

12) An undergraduate medical curriculum for developing clinical reasoning and decision-making capability in a volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous (VUCA) world ( )

13) Optimising case identification of familial hypercholesterolaemia in primary care ( )

14) Depression, antidepressants and risk of dementia ( )

15) Developing and examining the efficacy of Virtual Reality base treatment as a component of Cognitive Behavioural therapy intervention for eating disorder in young people.   ( )

16)  Training control of attentional state in ADHD and ASD. ( )

17) Evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of conducting a RCT to test the efficacy of a dental anxiety/phobia online support group. ( )

18) The role of online peer support groups in the self-management of hearing loss: A mixed methods approach. ( )

19) Structure/Function studies on urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) coding region variants associated with asthma ( )

20) Towards clinical imaging of inhibition of mucus degradation in respiratory diseases ( )

21) Safety of urate lowering therapy for gout in the UK and Taiwan: a population-based comparative cohort study using the CPRD (n=14m) and NHI (n=23m) databases ( )

22) Understanding patient-reported outcomes to inform development of an international core outcome set for vitiligo clinical trials. (

23) Sarcopenia in liver disease – systemic effect of hepatocyte senescence? (

24) Long term and current medication use and risk of complicated diverticular disease in England and Denmark ( )

Further information and Application: Applications are invited from potential and recent UK or EU graduates. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject.

The successful applicants will receive an annual tax-free stipend of £14,553 with paid fees for Home/EU students.

Candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and CV, specifying their 1st and 2nd choices from the projects listed. Applications should be emailed to  

Further details about the individual projects can be found at: or can be obtained from the supervisors, whose email addresses are provided in the project list above.

Start Date:

1st October 2017

Closing date for applications:

22nd May 2017 (Interviews are scheduled for 12th June 2017)

Eligibility for Funding: Funding restrictions apply for Non-EU students.

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