Four 3-year PhD Studentships in the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, UK

University of Nottingham
Study in:UK
Deadline: 29 January 2018

Four 3-year PhD Studentships in the School of Medicine

Closing Date
Monday, 29th January 2018

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 four 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) Identifying induced essentiality: targeting epigenetic modulation of molecular adaptation to kill hypoxic tumours (

2) The structure of endothelial glycoclayx components using cryo electron tomography (

3) Renin angiotensin system regulators in mother, baby and the placenta in pre-eclampsia (

4) A stem cell-based model to assess the impact of patients’ age and disease on the regulation of human adipose tissue (

5) Optimisation of radiation dose and image quality in interventional cardiology (

6) Scrutiny of bone marrow-derived stem cells as potential therapeutics for ischaemic stroke (

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

8) Using gamification for developing clinical reasoning and decision-making capability in real or virtual worlds (

9) Development of a socio-culturally appropriate intervention to promote physical activity during pregnancy among UK South Asian women at risk of gestational diabetes (

10) How safe is endoscopy? (

11) Novel ‘danger’ pathways and link to neonatal brain injury (

12) New drugs for treating muscular dystrophy, how good are they and how do they work? (

13) The impact of blood pressure on perioperative outcomes: a United Kingdom population-based study


14) Identifying novel antimicrobials with anti-Clostridium difficile defence properties in human “mini-guts” using microbiological, proteomic and transcriptomic tools (

15) Feasibility RCT of nicotine preloading for stopping smoking in pregnancy: a new approach to cessation (

16) Improving the effectiveness of vaccines by enhancing positive mood (

17) Preventing job loss in people with multiple sclerosis (

18) Assessing the feasibility of implementing the Family-Check Up intervention in secondary schools within the UK (

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

20) Unlocking the potential of team work to improve hospital based stroke care (

21) Can focussing on the distal airways help in acute exacerbations of COPD? (

22) Molecular Mechanisms Driving Loss of Elk1 Expression in Lung Fibrosis (

23) Informing the development of clinical trials in blistering skin diseases (

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 the usual RCUK stipend with paid fees for Home/EU students.

Candidates should apply by submitting a CV with contact details for 3 refereesand a cover letter specifying their 1stand 2nd choices from the projects listed. Applications should be emailed to

Further details about the individual projects may be obtained from the supervisors, whose email addresses are provided in the project list above.

Start Date: 

1st October 2018

Closing date for applications:

Monday, 29 January 2018 (Interviews are scheduled for Friday, 2 March 2018)

Home student has unrestricted rights to enter and remain in the UK and has been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of a course, but the purpose of residence cannot purely have been full-time education.

An EU student is an EU national, a family member of an EU national, in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student, or a family member of a UK national. They will have been resident in Europe and/or Switzerland for three years before the start of a course, but the purpose of residence cannot purely have been full-time education.

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