Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Postgraduate research

Research Degrees at the Blizard Institute

The Blizard Institute has more than 120 postgraduate research students at any one time. We offer full-time and part-time MPhil, PhD, and MDRes degrees. We have a superb working environment where the majority of our research students benefit from interaction across the disciplines in our open plan state of the art research facility in the Blizard Building at Whitechapel, as well as our Abernethy and Yvonne Carter buildings. Students working on PhD projects with a clinical componant may also spend time working in the neighbouring state of the art Royal London Hospital.

Areas of study

All five of our centres support research degree studies and applicants are encouraged to go to the relevant centre webpage to see the subjects covered by our institute. We recruit scientifically and medically qualified students into research programmes reflecting basic scientific advances in biology and medicine, in translational research and in that of an immediate clinical nature.

What to expect

You will find a range of exciting research areas led by world leaders in the field. You will receive support from your supervisors, from our Director of Graduate Studies, Cleo Bishop, the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee and QMUL's Doctoral College. We expect you to participate in transferable skills training as well as your research so that you will be prepared for the challenges of the job market. Students are also encouraged to attend the wealth of symposia, seminars, lectures and talks held within the Blizard Institute and wider QMUL. Finally, our Blizard Institute student forums include social events, networking, help with research issues, and career events.

Entry to research degree studies at the Blizard Institute

The Blizard Institute is able to offer a range of studentships throughout the year, although a large proportion are advertised during the autumn term. These include funding from research councils, charities, and our own Queen Mary and medical school studentships. Studentships are advertised via the normal channels, including

Our requirements are those of Queen Mary University of London. Applicants must hold or be expecting to hold either:

  • a first or upper second class degree OR a masters degree in a relevant subject from a UK university, OR
  • a recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution.

Studentships are advertised via the normal channels, including

Further information can be found on the following pages:

Please note: All MD (Res) applicants must undertake the following in order to apply for a PGR studentship at the Blizard:

  • Applicants are required to submit a literature review of between 5000-10,000 words, together with a plan of future research.The literature review and research proposal will form the basis of the oral examination which will be conducted by a panel of at least two members of academic staff. The panel will be approved by the Institute Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Applicants will need to have gained ethical approval for their proposed research project.
  • Applicants will also need to demonstrate that they have adequate funding to cover the tuition fees for their duration of their study.
  • The panel can only recommend acceptance of an applicant once all these conditions have been met.

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Useful links For Current PGR Students and Supervisors:

Below is a list of useful links for all current SMD PGR Supervisors and Students.

Research Degrees Office

The Research Degrees Office website includes information for:


  • Codes of Practice and Academic Regulations for PGR Students
  • Contact details for the Research Degrees office
  • Information on enrolment and registration
  • Information for Tier 4 StudentsThesis Submission


  • Research Ethics Policy
  • Nomination of Examiners and examination entry
  • Thesis submission, the viva and examiner payments
  • Interruption of study
  • Withdrawal from studies


  • Guidance Expenses forms

All forms and guidance notes from the Research Degrees Office

Postgraduate Research Lead: Dr Cleo Bishop 

Please direct any enquiries to: 

Research Administrator: Susanne Bell, Telephone 020 7882 8525.