Medicine

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | MPhil
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences trains ~250 postgraduate research students undertaking PhD, MD and MPhil degrees in Cancer Research, Experimental Medicine, Public Health and Medical Education. Its diverse postgraduate student population comprises both basic and clinical scientists from across the globe engaged in wide-ranging research projects spanning the breadth of the School’s research portfolio from bioinformatics through molecular and cell biology to clinical trials.

Medicine Highlights
Industry Links
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences promotes close collaborative interaction with local and global biotechnology companies, such as Almac and Randox. Such relationships are underpinned by innovative discovery science and its clinical application and have resulted in development of novel diagnostic/prognostic applications and therapies.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Career Development
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences postgraduate programme trains students in both research-specific and generic skills towards promotion of professional development. Students may also avail of career development advice at the School Annual Postgraduate Research Forum, through its peer mentoring programme, and as part of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme. The QUB Graduate School also provides wide-ranging opportunities for career development which complement School-specific postgraduate research training.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
World Class Facilities
  • As a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities, Queen’s University Belfast is committed to maintaining the very best research. In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 75% of its research activity was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading, whilst Queen’s was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity. As such, Queen’s provides an ideal environment to support high-quality postgraduate research.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
  • Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will undertake their research projects within the Institute of Health Sciences which has benefitted from significant investment (>£100M) and boasts state-of-art facilities and technology.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Internationally Renowned Experts
  • Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences are closely supervised by experienced academic staff and are viewed as a central and critical component of their world-leading research programmes.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Student Experience
  • The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences provides a vibrant environment for postgraduate research training. There are currently ~250 students undertaking wide-ranging basic science and clinical research projects who work closely together with postdoctoral and academic staff across the Institute of Health Sciences. Students are encouraged to interact both within and across disciplines through formal and informal School events, many of which are student-led.
    https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/
Key Facts

Research students are encouraged to play a full and active role in relation to the wide range of research activities undertaken within the School and there are many resources available including:

  • Opportunity to benefit from world-class infrastructure and academic faculty.
  • Tailored postgraduate training programme including specific and generic aspects and careers-focussed peer mentoring.
  • Access to the QUB Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme.
  • Provision of shared laboratory and office space as required by research project.
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Research Information

Associated Research
The School currently has current collaborative partnerships with the NIH National Cancer Institute (Washington) and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Toronto), together with developing relationships with international institutions in the Middle East, such as Hashemite University (Zarqa, Jordan). In addition, some of our current students conduct the majority of their research abroad (currently US and China) with supervisors from both QUB and the external institution. The School also supports short-term research training opportunities for its postgraduate students in the groups of international collaborators; these enriching experiences not only benefit the project but provide valuable insight into research in a global context.

Research Themes
Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research (PGJCCR)
The global burden of cancer is increasing with incidence now at 15 million new diagnoses each year. The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research (PGJCCR) is attuned to this global health issue and specialises in integrating academic discovery, industrial/commercial enterprise and innovative health care practice to promote effective delivery of precision cancer medicine, to improve patient health and outcomes, generate wealth and alleviate suffering. PGJCCR has established successful multi-disciplinary teams focusing on cancers of Gastrointestinal, Prostate, Breast and Ovarian origin. Each team incorporates disease-specialist clinicians, accredited molecular pathology expertise bringing affiliated biobank tissue repositories, and academics skilled in the art of (i) biomarker discovery and bioinformatics, (ii) biological investigation and therapeutic development, and (iii) the prosecution of early-phase translation-driven clinical trials. Our significant success has resulted from a strong team-based approach.

Wellcome Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine
The Wellcome Wolfson Institute for for Experimental Medicine (WWIEM) is committed to research excellence by making scientific breakthroughs in the mechanisms of disease, which we translate to innovative therapeutics to improve patient outcomes. We are an international hub of excellence on eye disease, infectious diseases and respiratory disease with a core emphasis on immunology, molecular cell biology and patient-based investigations. WWIEM comprises three main research themes focussed on Immunology and Microbes, Respiratory Medicine, and Vision and Vascular Medicine. Our Immunobiology and Microbes research group focusses on understanding the immune system which is an essential for defence the human body, not only in preventing a wide variety of diseases but also aiding recovery from them. Our Respiratory Medicine research group focusses on understanding the processes that lead to common lung illnesses such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Our Vision and Vascular Medicine research group particularly focusses on inflammation within the cardiovascular system as a frequent cause of cardiac and other vascular diseases which represent a significant health burden on society. Our work makes an important impact in the fight against conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and eye disease.

Centre for Medical Education
Research students joining the Centre for Medical Education will have the opportunity to develop an education project using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, for which specific training is made available. Research encompasses a range of learning environments and spans the continuum of medical education. Projects are linked by an underlying commitment to improve patient care through education. Current research interests include GP pedagogy, technology-enhanced learning, identity, critical research, and diversity and inclusion. Students are mentored to develop their own research questions and methodologies within the broad remit of the Centre.
Centre for Public Health
The overall mission of the Centre for Public Health (CPH) is to improve health and reduce inequalities, prevent and manage chronic disease and disability more effectively, and to improve the delivery of health and social care. CPH comprises four main research themes focussed on Epidemiology and Public Health, Cancer Epidemiology, Nutrition and Public Health, and Health Services and Global Health. Our Epidemiology and Public Health research group harnesses Big Data in discovery science and its application to clinical and public health practice, to help to understand how both genes and environments (including social norms and networks) shape risk in individuals and populations. Our Cancer Epidemiology research group includes programmes focussed on pre-malignancy molecular epidemiology, gastrointestinal cancer progression and precision medicine, and pharmaco-epidemiology exploring the potential for drug re-purposing. Our Nutrition and Public Health research group works across the life-course to understand the determinants of a healthy diet in individuals, at risk groups (e.g. schoolchildren, pregnant women, older people) and whole populations, and on identifying ways to improve it. Our Health Services and Global Health research group focusses on health care for people with chronic conditions and poor mental health, quality improvement and implementation science, oral health and related cancers, trials methodology, health economics, and global eye health.

Research Impact
The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences drives research excellence and impact, delivering innovative solutions to the specific challenges we have identified in healthcare. The School has three central aims:
(1)To address key global challenges in health care by making scientific breakthroughs in mechanisms of disease, translating these to innovative therapeutics and preventive interventions to improve patient outcomes.
(2)To establish lasting relationships with major funders for programmatic research and capacity building. This includes doctoral training, clinical academic programmes and postdoctoral fellowships.
(3)To leverage scientific strengths with small and medium size enterprises and large pharmaceutical companies to develop externally funded competitive, collaborative programmes for discovery and translation.

Research Projects
See below examples of current postgraduate research projects and potential opportunities.

Research Success
In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise, over 75% of research activity in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences was judged to be internationally-excellent or world-leading, whilst Queen’s University Belfast was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity.

Current PGR Student Profiles
See below examples of current postgraduate research projects and potential opportunities.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to providing postgraduate research students with a supportive environment to effectively promote their education, training and professional development. Our students are highly valued as a central and critical component of the School’s research strategy and benefit from both exceptional facilities and supervision by world-leading academic researchers.
Career Prospects

Introduction
The majority of postgraduate research students within the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences continue to successfully secure appropriate employment upon completion of their studies. Chosen careers are generally relevant to their qualification within industry, academia and the National Health Service and have included postdoctoral research across the world, clinical/non-clinical academia, return to full-time clinical work, medical writing, industry research, management/financial consultancy, and R&D software development. The School runs a dedicated careers session at its annual Postgraduate Research Forum and careers-focussed peer mentoring from postdoctoral researchers whilst students are expected to discuss potential careers with their supervisors as part of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/

Employment after the Course
All postgraduate research students can avail of careers advice from the Graduate School whilst postdoctoral employment opportunities are highlighted at the annual School Postgraduate Research Forum within a dedicated session. Students should also discuss potential careers with their supervisors as a central focus of their individual Postgraduate Development Programme.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/graduate-school/

People teaching you

Professor David Grieve
Director of Postgraduate Research
SMDBS
Email: d.grieve@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

As a postgraduate student in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences you will receive high-quality training and support for a career in scientific research with real potential to contribute to development of improved strategies for the management and treatment of life-threatening diseases.

Course structure

1. The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to providing its postgraduate research students with a supportive environment to effectively promote their education, training and professional development. First year students enrol on a tailored training programme comprising a series of lectures, workshops and practical sessions focused on key research skills, including bioimaging, informatics, genomics, public health, animal models and clinical trials. In addition, all students receive wide-ranging and ongoing training in generic and transferable skills, such as scientific writing, data analysis, presentation and critical appraisal, through dedicated communication courses and seminars, with one-to-one support also available. They also benefit from presentation of their research findings at major national and international conferences, which is an expectation of all postgraduate research students, and through regular interaction with the QUB Graduate School, whose specific function is to support postgraduate training, development and careers.

Students undertake their specific research project under the close guidance of an experienced principal supervisor with support from 1 or 2 co-supervisors as appropriate. Each student is required to complete a literature review, give an oral presentation of their research within their Centre, and provide evidence of appropriate training and completion of their Postgraduate Development Plan. They are then interviewed by an Annual Progress Review panel, comprising of 2 or 3 academic staff, who assess the students understanding of their project and progress, based on both their submitted paperwork and response to questions, in each year of their research degree. The duration of a full-time MPhil programme is normally 2-3 years. For completion of their masters qualification students are required to submit a thesis of their research of appropriate length and content (as advised by their supervisors) which will be assessed by oral examination conducted by an external and internal examiner.

Funded postgraduate research studentships are advertised on the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences website: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Study/PostgraduateResearch/CurrentOpportunities/. We will also consider applications from externally or self-funded students who should identify potential academic supervisors aligned with their research interests: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/find-a-phd-supervisor/. Please note that we can only support projects which fit within the overall research strategy of the School and individual research focus of our academic staff.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria for postgraduate research should select UP TO THREE potential supervisors from our list of academic staff, https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Research/find-a-phd-supervisor/, and send an email to their preferred supervisor(s) and copied to the School Postgraduate Office, pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk, containing: (1) a brief CV (1-2 pages maximum), (2) a concise statement of motivation including research interests, (3) source of funding, and (4) intended start date.

Our academic staff welcome approaches from prospective students and are happy to develop research proposals of mutual interest. Often this process will involve an informal face-to-face meeting (in person or via video link) prior to an invitation to submit a formal application. If you have difficulty identifying or contacting an appropriate supervisor, please contact Professor David Grieve, Director of Postgraduate Research, d.grieve@qub.ac.uk, or the School Postgraduate Office, pgoffice.smdb@qub.ac.uk, who will be happy to help.

Assessment

Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences will receive ongoing training in scientific writing, presentation and critical analysis as the basis for a research career. The School supports and challenges its postgraduate research students through robust annual progress review, requiring satisfactory assessment of written work, symposia presentations, supervisor reports and panel interview, the success of which is evidenced by its excellent completion rates. At the end of their postgraduate research training period, students are required to submit a thesis of their research of appropriate length and content which is assessed by oral examination conducted by an external and internal examiner.

Feedback

Postgraduate research students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences receive feedback on their written and oral work throughout the period of registration for their degree. This may be both formal and informal and is provided regularly by their supervisors, peers, academic/postdoctoral colleagues, and annual progress review panel.

Facilities
Postgraduate students in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences benefit from world-class infrastructure and academic faculty and are highly valued as a central and critical component of its research strategy. All students will have access to shared laboratory and office space as required by their research project.
Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
Tackling protease-mediated inflammation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Innate Immunity, Respiratory Disease, Proteases Professor Cliff Taggart
Supervisor
Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Macrophage-bacteria interactions in cystic fibrosis: the cellular microbiology of the novel opportunistic bacterium Achromobacter species
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD macrophage, cystic fibrosis, intracellular survival, inflammation, pyroptosis, virulence factors Professor Miguel Valvano
Supervisor
Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Unfunded
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (USA); VALVAN19G0
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Bacterial lipocalins: Novel role in bacterial protection against antibiotic-induced membrane lipid peroxidation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD antibiotic resistance, lipid peroxidation, RNAseq, metabolomics, protein structure-function, Professor Miguel Valvano
Supervisor
Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
BBSRC; BB/S006281/1
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2
Unraveling chromatin regulation during development and disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Chromatin, epigenetics, transcription, development, cancer, histones, genomics, proteomics Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Moh Sarip
Supervisor
Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Moh Sarip
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
How do cancer cells decide to release growth-promoting molecules?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cancer, cell signalling, biochemistry, cell biology, in vivo models, inflammation. EGFR, EGF ligands Dr Colin Adrain
Supervisor
Dr Colin Adrain
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Development of in silico framework to support pre-clinical model selection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Bioinformatics, biostatistics, machine learning, cancer, stratified medicine, data modelling, data i Dr Jaine Blayney
Supervisor
Dr Jaine Blayney
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Investigating the functional consequences of HUWE1 mutations in Multiple Myeloma
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Blood cancer, Multiple Myeloma, HUWE1, CRISPR Dr Lisa Crawford
Supervisor
Dr Lisa Crawford
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Unmasking the BRCA1 interactome to identify novel tumour suppressor pathways and treatment options for Breast and Ovarian Cancers.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD BRCA1, Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, novel interactors, DNA damage repair, cell cycle Dr Paul Mullan
Supervisor
Dr Paul Mullan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Novel approaches to uncovering effects of anti-cancer agents targeting epigenetic modifiers.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Genomics, Epigenetics, Cancer, Assay development Dr Simon McDade
Supervisor
Dr Simon McDade
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Cancer in low-and-middle income countries
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD *Cancer epidemiology *Premalignant disease research including impact of receiving a pre-malignant d Dr Charlene McShane
Supervisor
Dr Charlene McShane
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
The health and healthcare impact of prenatal exposure to psychotropic medicines on neonates
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Psychotropic prescribing, birth outcomes, healthcare burden Professor Ciaran O'Neill
Supervisor
Professor Ciaran O'Neill
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Improving Oral Health in Care Homes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Oral Health; Aging; Nutrition; Care homes; Nursing homes Dr Gerry McKenna
Supervisor
Dr Gerry McKenna
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Developing Evidence-Based Paediatric Palliative Care Guidelines for Africa
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Pediatric palliative care, Africa, LMICs, community-based research, mixed methods research Dr Lynne Lohfeld
Supervisor
Dr Lynne Lohfeld
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
A multi-level approach to better understand the association between physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and cancer risk
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cancer; prevention; physical activity; built environment; UK Biobank Dr Ruth Hunter
Supervisor
Dr Ruth Hunter
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Designing and piloting a teacher incentive programme in Tanzania to improve school eye health programme implementation
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Global health, school eye health, low/middle-income countries, vision science, ophthalmology and opt Dr Ving Fai Chan
Supervisor
Dr Ving Fai Chan
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Establishing human blood vessel organoids as a model for drug screening for Diabetes and Vascular Complications using the Remarkable technology of induced pluripotent stem cells
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Induced pluripotent stem cells human blood vessel organoids Diabetes and Vascular Complications Dr Andriana Margariti
Supervisor
Dr Andriana Margariti
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells derived Extracellular Vesicles in alveolar epithelial regeneration in ARDS
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Mesenchymal stromal cells, extracellular vesicles, ARDS, alveolar epithelium, regeneration, respirat Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Supervisor
Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Characterisation of new mechanisms of host subversion by rhinovirus, the common cold virus
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Rhinovirus, host-pathogen interactions, virus, cell, molecular mechanisms, virology, microbiology, c Dr Aurelie Mousnier
Supervisor
Dr Aurelie Mousnier
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Modulating the A20-DREAM axis in inflammation by drug repurposing
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Inflammation, Pharmacological intervention, Drug repurposing, A20 (TNFAIP3), DREAM Dr Bettina Schock
Supervisor
Dr Bettina Schock
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Delirium in critically ill children
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Critical care; Delirium; Paediatric Professor Bronagh Blackwood
Supervisor
Professor Bronagh Blackwood
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Epigenetics in heart failure: mechanism and therapeutic targeting
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Heart failure, Cardiomyopathy, Cardiac remodelling, Biomarkers, Epigenetics, Fibrosis Dr Chris Watson
Supervisor
Dr Chris Watson
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Protease-mediated inflammation in chronic lung disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Innate Immunity, Respiratory Disease, Proteases Professor Cliff Taggart
Supervisor
Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Microvascular glucagon-like peptide-1 signalling as a central determinant of protection against cardiac remodelling in type 2 diabetes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Heart failure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammation, endothelium, glucagon-like peptide-1 Professor David Grieve
Supervisor
Professor David Grieve
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Stem cell exosomes – important communicators with therapeutic potential in the dental pulp
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Mesenchymal Stem cell, dental pulp stem cell, regenerative endodontics, Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Supervisor
Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Local protein synthesis in angiogenesis
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Angiogenesis Vascular Development Endothelium Cell Migration RNA Translation Mr Guilherme Costa
Supervisor
Mr Guilherme Costa
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Dissection of protease signalling during bacterial infection for drug and biomarker discovery
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Host-pathogen interaction, bacteria, antimicrobials, cellular microbiology, proteomics, proteases, c Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Supervisor
Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Association of oral Streptococci with vascular inflammation and cardiovascular disease risk
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Oral bacteria, dental caries, apical periodontitis, oral heath, cardiovascular disease Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Supervisor
Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Role of cell death and necroinflammation in pulpal wound healing
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dental pulp stem cells, sterile inflammation, regenerative endodontics Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Supervisor
Dr Ikhlas El Karim
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
The effect of fruit and vegetable intake on health outcomes: does an apple a day still keep the doctor away?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nutrition; fruit and vegetables; dietary assessment; dietary modelling; qualitative methodologies Professor Jayne Woodside
Supervisor
Professor Jayne Woodside
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Exploiting the protein O-glycosylation pathway in opportunistic bacteria as a novel antimicrobial target
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Protein glycosylation, proteomics, transcriptomics, cystic fibrosis, Burkholderia, antimicrobial res Professor Miguel Valvano
Supervisor
Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
BBSRC; BB/T005807/1
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2
Organelle dynamics during endothelial senescence
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cellular senescence, cell ageing, vascular biology, endothelial senescence, mitochondria, endoplasmi Dr Reinhold Medina
Supervisor
Dr Reinhold Medina
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Three-dimensional structural mapping of the retinal neurovascular unit and the influence of diabetes
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, Vascular Biology, Diabetic Retinopathy, Imaging, Image Analys Professor Tim Curtis
Supervisor
Professor Tim Curtis
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Can we repair brain damage using the immune system?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Tissue repair, inflammasomes, Multiple Sclerosis, MS, neuroimmunology, brain repair, regenerative in Dr. Yvonne Dombrowski
Supervisor
Dr. Yvonne Dombrowski
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Optimising stress to maximise learning in medical simulation environments
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Medical education, simulation based education, stress Professor Gerry Gormley
Supervisor
Professor Gerry Gormley
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2 1610928000
Identifying immune mechanisms in the CNS as targets for the treatment of paediatric Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Multiple sclerosis, MS, neuroinflammation, inflammation, neuroscience, myelin, inflammasomes, regene Dr Yvonne Dombrowski
Supervisor
Dr Yvonne Dombrowski
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Nutritional strategies to reduce dental caries in children
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nutrition, dental, children Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Supervisor
Dr Fionnuala Lundy
Funding
Unfunded
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Unfunded Medicine Open 2
Decolonising curriculum in higher education in a post-colonial and post-conflict society
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Decolonisation; Differential attainment; Minority ethnic; Curriculum; Race; Dr Mairead Corrigan
Supervisor
Dr Mairead Corrigan
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Exploring stakeholder participation in trauma-informed care in general practice: an institutional ethnography
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Ethnography; inequality; trauma-informed care Dr Jennifer Johnston
Supervisor
Dr Jennifer Johnston
Funding
Funded
DfECore
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Optimising stress to maximise learning in medical simulation environments
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Medical education, simulation, stress. Dr Paul Hamilton
Supervisor
Dr Paul Hamilton
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
None specified
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2
Role of protein quality control mechanisms in the regulation of cancer cell metabolism
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Cancer, metabolism, Endoplasmic Reticulum, proteostasis, cell biology, biochemistry Dr Colin Adrain
Supervisor
Dr Colin Adrain
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Quantifying the impact of DNA repair dysregulation on intrinsic radiation sensitivity
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Radiation; Cancer; Treatment personalisation; DNA repair Dr Stephen McMahon
Supervisor
Dr Stephen McMahon
Funding
Funded
DfE Leveraged
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
lucidating mechanisms of enhancer-regulation downstream of WNT-signaling in stem cells
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Yaser Atlasi
Supervisor
Dr Yaser Atlasi
Funding
Funded
DfE Leveraged
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Characterising mechanisms of radiotherapy induced cardiac toxicity in a novel preclinical model
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Radiotherapy, cardiac toxicity, FLASH radiotherapy, radiation biology. Dr Karl Butterworth
Supervisor
Dr Karl Butterworth
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Molecular risk stratification in early cancers detected during bowel cancer screening
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Philip Dunne
Supervisor
Dr Philip Dunne
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Can metabolic reprogramming alter T cell ability to kill lung tumour cells?
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Lung cancer, metabolism, immunology, immunometabolism, therapy resistance Dr Emma Kerr
Supervisor
Dr Emma Kerr
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Exploiting 5-Fluorouracil induced effects on mRNA translation to augment anti-cancer efficacy and immune-response
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Molecular cell biology, colorectal cancer, mRNA translation, chemotherapy Dr Simon McDade
Supervisor
Dr Simon McDade
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Exploring immune activation in myeloid malignancies
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Immune activation, acute myeloid leukaemia, myelodysplastic syndrome Professor Ken Mills
Supervisor
Professor Ken Mills
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Delineating NuRD complex commitments through chromatin dynamics in driving epithelial to mesenchymal transition during cellular reprogramming.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Chromatin, Epigenetics, Remodelers, EMT, Reprogramming, NuRD Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Moh Sarip
Supervisor
Dr Adone Tielenius Kruythoff-Moh Sarip
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Understanding the role of ubiquitination on STING-mediated immune regulation following DNA damage
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Kienan Savage
Supervisor
Dr Kienan Savage
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Unit of analyses in Eyes and Vision reviews and trials: challenges and solutions
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Clinical trial, systematic review, unit of analysis, cross-over study, cluster-randomised study Professor Gianni Virgil
Supervisor
Professor Gianni Virgil
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Investigating glaucoma treatment outcomes across Europe through data linkage.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Glaucoma; ophthalmology; data linkage; disease registry; health data science Dr David Wright
Supervisor
Dr David Wright
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
A population-based investigation into risk factors and surveillance strategies for endometrial hyperplasia and cancer.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Epidemiology, statistics, public health, cancer, gynaecological cancer Dr Una McMenamin
Supervisor
Dr Una McMenamin
Funding
Funded
DfE Leveraged
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Molecular profiling and social circumstances: promoting health across three countries.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Molecular, genetic, epigenetic, methylation, ageing, multiomic, bioinformatics, association Professor Amy Jayne McKnight
Supervisor
Professor Amy Jayne McKnight
Funding
Funded
DfE Leveraged
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
The effectiveness of a PROtein enriched MEiterranean Diet and EXercise intervention on cognitive performance in undernourished older adults: The PROMED-EX Trial
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Diet, Exercise, Undernutrition, Malnutrition, Cognitive function Dr Claire McEvoy
Supervisor
Dr Claire McEvoy
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Regulation of health and social care in Northern Ireland: a mixed methods evaluation of impact on quality improvement
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Nursing homes; quality improvement; regulation; inspection; health services research Dr Noleen McCorry
Supervisor
Dr Noleen McCorry
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Unlocking single cell datasets for biomarker discovery in human diseases
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Single cell genomics, Bioinformatics, Human diseases, Disease Mechanisms, Diagnosis, Therapy Dr Vijay Tiwari
Supervisor
Dr Vijay Tiwari
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
The role of endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) pathway in diabetic retinopathy
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Judith Lechner
Supervisor
Dr Judith Lechner
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Elucidating the role of RNA modifications on negative strand influenza A RNAs during the viral replication cycle.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Influenza virus RNA epitranscriptomics trafficking packaging immunity Dr David Courtney
Supervisor
Dr David Courtney
Funding
Funded
European Research Council
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Human cell models to investigate opportunistic bacteria-host interaction in the immunocompromised host
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD macrophages, opportunistic bacteria, innate immunity, intracellular bacterial survival, inflammasome Professor Miguel Valvano
Supervisor
Professor Miguel Valvano
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Dissecting type VI secretion system-controlled rewiring of macrophages to promote infection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Jose Bengoechea
Supervisor
Professor Jose Bengoechea
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Airway epithelium and respiratory syncytial virus – effect of developmental age on responses to infection
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Professor Ultan Power
Supervisor
Professor Ultan Power
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Mesenchymal stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles as a cell-free therapy for ARDS
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Supervisor
Dr Anna Krasnodembskaya
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Characterising the mechanisms of ferritin-mediated hyperinflammation in acute respiratory distress syndrome
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD ARDS inflammation inflammasome ferritin hyperferritinaemia NLRP3 Dr Rebecca Coll
Supervisor
Dr Rebecca Coll
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Give a little, take a little – manipulation of post-translational modifications for host subversion by Legionella pneumophila
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Microbiology, Cell Biology, Bacteria, Infection, Host-pathogen interaction, Post-translational modif Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Supervisor
Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Exosome protease-mediated inflammation, tissue damage and cellular senescence in pathogen-induced lung disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD COPD, Innate Immunity, Protease, Viral, Bacterial Professor Cliff Taggart
Supervisor
Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Funded
DfE Core
Application deadline
18 January 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1610928000
Queen's Doctoral Training Programme - Subversion of innate immune defences by intracellular bacterial pathogens
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Immunobiology and Microbes, Cellular Microbiology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Innate Immunity, Biochemi Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Supervisor
Dr. Gunnar N. Schroeder
Funding
Funded
Queen's DTP
Application deadline
11 February 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2 1613001600
Queen's Doctoral Training Programme - The role of inflammasome signalling in SARS-CoV-2 and RSV immunopathogenesis  
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD SARS-CoV-2, RSV, virus, respiratory epithelium, respiratory infection, inflammasome, inflammation, N Professor Ultan Power
Supervisor
Professor Ultan Power
Funding
Funded
Queen's DTP
Application deadline
11 February 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2 1613001600
Queens Doctoral Training Programme - Deriving human blood vessels organoids from iPS cells as a model to study infections in diabetic patients
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Stem cells/Organoids/Diabetes/infections Dr Andriana Margariti
Supervisor
Dr Andriana Margariti
Funding
Funded
Queen'DTP
Application deadline
11 February 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2 1613001600
Queen' Doctorial Programme - The role of viruses in the establishment of chronic bacterial infection in early Cystic Fibrosis lung disease
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Viral Infection, Cystic Fibrosis, Innate Immunity, Bacterial Infection Professor Cliff Taggart
Supervisor
Professor Cliff Taggart
Funding
Funded
Queen's DTP
Application deadline
11 February 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2 1613001600
Supervisor
Dr Ruth Hogg
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
3 February 2021
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Open 2 1612310400
Developing an injury surveillance system in road cycling in order to design and implement injury prevention programmes.
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences | PHD Sport medicine, injury prevention Dr Neil Heron
Supervisor
Dr Neil Heron
Funding
Funded
Department for Economy (DfE)
Application deadline
4 January 2020
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Funded Medicine Closed 2 1578096000

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £TBC
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £TBC
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £TBC
EU Other 3 £22,000
International £22,000

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

For further information please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/brexit-advice/information-for-students.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Medicine costs

Some research programmes may require payment of bench fees in addition to tuition fees. These charges are made to cover additional project-specific expenses, such as consumables, equipment access, and specialist training, and are determined by the nature of the research project.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.