Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) - Biosciences

Biosciences, within the College of Health and Life Sciences have an international reputation for research in cellular, sub-cellular and genetic areas and are the home of the renowned Institute of Cancer Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, which has been one of the chief contributors to national breakthroughs in skin, breast and prostate cancers. Other important research areas are covered by the cell and chromosome biology group and in the exciting field of bioinformatics - the use of computer-based technology to address biological questions. This research expertise feeds specialist knowledge and an enthusiasm for discovery into teaching at every level.

The College of Health and Life Sciences, has excellent modern research facilities including laboratories for human molecular genetics, and suites for human cell culture, human gene mapping and DNA sequencing, and fluorescent microscopy and 3D image analysis.This programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual's subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.

Applications are invited from candidates with an interest in the areas of Medical Genetics, Human Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Chromosome Biology or Cancer Genetics.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120


This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules in Year One

  • Human Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Genomic Medicine
  • Cancer Genetics

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £20,000 full-time

Usual entry requirements

Good honours degree in the biosciences or equivalent EU or overseas degree. Qualifications with relevant professional experience may also be considered.

Information about your studies

Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) Contact

Dr Predrag Slijepcevic
Tel +44 (0)1895 266302

Apply for this course online

Page last updated: Wednesday 03 September 2014