Medicine PhD/MD/MSc by Research

Our current research covers a wide portfolio of basic, translational and clinical research focusing on: adrenal and gonadal steroids; thyroid cancer; thyroid dysfunction; fetal and reproductive endocrinology; pituitary disease; and auto-immunity.

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Hormones and Genes research (Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Genetics) represents a significant research strength within the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Current research covers a wide portfolio of basic, translational and clinical research focusing on adrenal and gonadal steroids, thyroid cancer, hyroid dsyfunction, fetal and reproductive endocrinology, pituitary disease, and auto-immunity. Ongoing studies employ a broad range of in vitro and in vivo approaches including mouse transgenic and knockout models, as well as clinical translational and interventional studies carried out in the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility immediately adjacent to the Institute of Biomedical Research, the lab base for most of the Endocrine and Diabetes Groups, Clinical research is also enhanced by close interaction with the University Hospital Birmingham and cohort and database studies (thyroid disease, pituitary disease, and adrenal disease).

Respiratory Medicine

Research focuses on investigating the factors governing neutrophil differentiation, activation and recruitment as processes that determine the degree of tissue damage resulting in the establishment and progression of chronic lung disease. Major interests include chronic chest infections and the role of proteinases and proteinase inhibitors in this process.

Fees and funding

Standard fees apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable.
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Scholarships and studentships
A number of studentships are available each year, funded by major sponsors including the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Wellcome Trust, as well as national and local charities. UK/EU students should contact the School directly for further information. For general scholarship enquiries email  

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

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Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. You can view the research interests of our staff, and search for an opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine.

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

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