Research at St George's addresses global healthcare challenges. We offer both PhD and MD(Res) degrees for translational research, including laboratory-based investigations, clinical studies and health science evaluations.

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The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), a national assessment of research at UK universities, 70% of our research submissions were ranked as internationally excellent or world leading.

In addition to subject specific training, a wide ranging core training programme is undertaken by our research students in order to support the acquisition of generic research skills and provide opportunities for peer-group support.

MRC funded Doctoral Training

Four PhD studentships are now available in our MRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership. In addition to funding annual stipend and fees (with London weighting) these 3.5-year studentships provide a valuable opportunity for a three month placement outside the degree. The deadline to apply is 5 June 2017. 

Projects are available in the following categories: Accelerating medicines discovery & translation, Digital technologies and informatics for health, Precision medicines & Diagnostics.

How to apply 

Full details of available projects   

Projects available at St George's Supervisors
Proteomic profiling of the lung epithelium to identify targets and treatments for the prevention of diabetes-associated lung infection  Professor Emma Baker & Professor Deborah Baines
The identification of biomarkers that correlate with clinical outcome in mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy Dr Bridget Bax & Dr Atticus Hainsworth
Towards an edible bovine tuberculosis vaccine using plant-expressed immunogens and adjuvants Dr Pascal Drake & Dr Rajko Reljic
Monoclonal antibodies for early control of Chikungunya disease outbreaks Professor Julian Ma & Dr Pascal Drake
Paradigm of Prediction: Bid data analytics for heart failure Dr Lisa Anderson & Dr Taigang He
Novel neuroimaging biomarkers for diagnosis and prediction of Parkinson’s disease progression Dr Thomas Barrick, Professor Mark Edwards & Christian Lambert
Identifying the genetic and environmental determinants of susceptibility to cryptococcal meningitis in African HIV-infected patients Dr Tihana Bicanic & Joe Jarvis
MRI radiomics of adult brain tumours Professor Franklyn Howe, Xujiong Ye & Timothy Jones
Development of bone marrow lesion-derived biomarkers in Osteoarthritis Dr Nidhi Sofat & Professor Mary Sheppard
Detection of arbovirus infections in febrile patients in field studies in Ecuador using molecular assays including next generation diagnostics Dr Henry Staines & Professor Philip Cooper
3D mapping of cancer metabolism using nano-sensors: a new approach to cancer diagnosis Dr Elena Sviderskaya & Yuri Korchev 


PhD(MPhil)

PhD candidates normally register for an MPhil in the first instance and must pass a formal examination normally nine - 12 months after registration before transferring onto a PhD programme. You will undertake a research project under the continued guidance of at least two supervisors, one of whom is based at St George's.

The minimum period of study for a PhD is two calendar years of full time study or the equivalent in part time study. A PhD thesis should consist of an account of your own investigations, form a distinct contribution to the knowledge of the subject and afford evidence of originality by the discovery of new facts and/or by the exercise of independent critical power. You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a second class honours degree or MSc in an appropriate discipline before applying.

Students may register for a MPhil or PhD at St George's or at Kingston University. Students wishing to pursue a MSc by research and dissertation should register with Kingston University.

MD(Res)

The MD(Res) degree is designed for practising clinicians with a medical qualification and who are registered with the General Medical Council. It can be studied full time (minimum registration period – one year) or part time (minimum registration period – two years and students are normally expected to spend at least eight session a week on research).  Your appointed supervisors will guide you for the length of registration and your thesis should deal with any branch of medicine, surgery or medical or dental science.

Apply and find a supervisor

Research at St George's is conducted within three research institutes (see table below) and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, each of which has academic staff responsible for postgraduate research students. To explore research degree opportunities please contact the following:

Molecular and Clinical Sciences Research Institute

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Infection and Immunity Research Institute

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Population Health Research Institute TBC
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If you have any further questions, please call our Postgraduate Research Degrees Coordinator on + 44 (0)20 8725 0191.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:13