PhD studentship in the Department of Clinical, Pharmaceutical and Biological Science


Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding for: UK nationals or have permanent residence status

Funding amount: The award includes cover for UK home tuition fees and subject to eligibility a stipend at standard RCUK rates. For 2020 – 2021 this is set at £15,285.

Closing application date: 15 January 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview at the end of January 2021. If you have not had a reply within 3 weeks of the deadline, you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Start date: February 2021

Project outline

The Bioscience Research Group (BRG) in the Department of Clinical, Pharmaceutical and Biological Science, University of Hertfordshire aims to understand the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human disease with the ultimate goal to develop effective translational therapies.

The Bioscience Research Group has a full time PhD studentship available in one the following three areas:

Project 1: Senescence and cell polarity – the key to ageing?

Primary supervisor: Dr Helen Foster 

Project 2: Gut microbiota changes associated with home-blended enteral feeds

Primary Supervisor: Dr Angela Madden

Project 3: Origins of central and peripheral nervous system connectivity: a new route for spinal cord injury

Primary Supervisor: Dr Caroline Formstone

For more information on each of these topics please contact the supervisor directly.

BRG sits within the School of Life and Medical Sciences. Our research environment is enriched by the diversity of our staff and students and we take a responsible approach towards further progressing inclusivity. Overall, 35% of our postgraduate research students are of minority ethnic heritage; 65% self-identify as females; and 16.4% have declared a disability. We recognise that subject level trends differ and that nationally, there is much more to be achieved in addressing diversity in the pipeline to success in a research career. That is why we whole heartedly encourage applications from people who identify with a protected characteristic; those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education; and people who are the first to study at university in their family.

Essential criteria

Applicants should have a good degree i.e. a 2.1 or higher in biological science or a related subject, or a suitable Master’s degree as well as excellent problem-solving skills.

Application process

For informal enquiries about the projects please contact the relevant supervisor directly.

To apply for the studentships please complete the application form and email it with a copy of your CV to You should provide the title of the PhD project you are applying for in the subject line of the email.