PhD in Biomedical Science

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Course overview

  • 2024
  • 2025
  • Full-time
  • Jul, 3 Years
  • Sep, 3 Years
  • Flexible, 3 Years
  • Sep, 3 Years
  • Research
  • Research
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • From £8,099 per year*
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • From £14,172 per year*
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • Buckingham
  • Buckingham
  • *See below for full fee information

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    Entry Requirements


    • First class or upper second-class undergraduate UK degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, with statistical content.
    • Standard English language entry requirements for The University of Buckingham.
    • A passion for research and drug discovery.
    • 3000-word research proposal.


    • A Master’s degree in life Science or Biomedical Science with.
    • Skills in of cell culture (primary and/or established cell lines), molecular biology (western blotting PCR, RT-PCR) and immuno-enzymatic methods (EIA, ELISA).
    • Significant previous experience in a research laboratory would also be highly considered.

    Research Proposals

    Applications should be accompanied by a 3000-word research project proposal referring to the current research scopes of IBBR in human and animal cell physiology, molecular genetics, biochemistry, pharmacology, nutrition, and the physiology of metabolic diseases, particularly diabetes, obesity, neurodegenerative diseases, and other diabetic-related diseases, as well as in plant-based active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) research and development.

    Your proposal will be assessed to see:

    • Whether the project is likely to be completed within three years of full-time research
    • Whether it can be effectively supervised at the university
    • Whether you are competent and motivated for completion
    • Whether the project fits a growing or established research priority of the university
    • how the proposal fits with the current cohort and the research IBBR environment and scopes.

    Within the proposal, you should take the opportunity to clearly outline your research idea, your research methodology and critical approaches, your experience in this field of research where you can, and how your research proposal will be offering an original contribution to knowledge, theories and/or practice.

    International students: We are happy to consider all international applications and if you are an international student, you may find it useful to visit our international pages for details of entry requirements from your home country. The University is a UKVI Student Sponsor.

    English levels

    If English is not your first language, please check our postgraduate English language requirements. If your English levels don’t meet our minimum requirements, you may be interested in applying for our pre-sessional English Language Foundation Programmes.

    Selection process

    All applicants are interviewed by prospective supervisors or appropriate academic members of staff. This also provides an opportunity for the applicant to discuss their project proposal.

    Our Admissions Team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact them on +44 01280 820229 or by email

    For more information about the research topics please get in touch with Professor Mohamed Zaibi, by phone on +44(0)1280 820370, or by email:

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