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Research degrees in Biological and Chemical Sciences

We welcome postgraduate students and visiting research fellows who wish to undertake research in our areas of interest. Research students are registered for a University of London degrees (PhD) and work under the supervision of academic staff. Students may receive financial support (research studentships) offered by research councils (including CASE studentships in collaboration with an industrial sponsor). A limited number of College studentships are also available.

The full list of studentships and funding schemes is available on the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website:School of Biological and Chemical Sciences – PhD Research Studentships

Entry requirements

Generally, students with upper-second class (or better) BSc honours degrees or equivalent are eligible to apply for admission to research degrees. Please see the individual entry requirements for each research project on the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

If you are an international student, please refer to the International students section.

Research departments

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is home to an active, cutting-edge research programme. Our staff are engaged in a wide range of ground-breaking projects that span and combine the chemistry and life science disciplines. The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has shown itself to be one of the UK's elite research departments according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results of the REF reveal that 87% of the School's chemistry research is rated as either 4-star (world-leading) or 3-star (internationally excellent) in terms of originality, significance, and rigour; and for biology this figure was 82%.

Research is conducted within the following departments:

Cell and Molecular Biology

Within this department are two major internationally recognised research themes: Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics and Biomedical Sciences.

There are strong synergies between the two areas in terms of techniques used, including biochemistry and molecular biology, electron microscopy (single particle, thin-section and freeze-fracture), confocal microscopy and various forms of fluorescence spectroscopy.

Our Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics team is the strongest in UK, and has gained international recognition for its innovative work with the dynamic properties of the intact photosynthetic membrane and the design and regulation of photosynthetic light-harvesting and electron transport.

For more information see: The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences – Cell and Molecular Biology

To view a list of current cell and molecular biology research projects go to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

The department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has four major research themes:

  • Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Structural Biology

Theoretical Chemistry underpins and complements much of the research in the division. Research in the materials and interfaces area combines expertise in synthetic methodology and in a wide range of sophisticated analytical techniques in order to design and develop new materials; investigate and predict their properties; and characterise interfacial structure and chemical reactions at surfaces.

Mechanistic and Structural Biology has traditionally been strong at Queen Mary, and activity in this area has accelerated over the past five years.

For more Information see: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences – Chemistry and Biochemistry

To view a list of current cell and molecular biology research projects go to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

Organismal Biology

Organismal Biology has a broad remit – from molecules to the global biosphere - and unites many disciplines, both within and outside the natural sciences.

The key overarching vision is the desire to gain a deeper understanding of how biological systems respond to a changing environment, over ecological and evolutionary timescales. In particular, Aquatic Ecology has a long track record in the school and was identified as a research highlight in both the RAE 2008 and an external review in 2010.

For more Information see: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences – Organismal Biology

To view a list of current cell and molecular biology research projects go to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

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If you are interested in a postgraduate research degree within the Biological and Experimental Psychology department please see: research degrees in psychology.

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