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Research and PhD programmes

The Life Sciences Department at Brunel is a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of scholars addressing key issues and global challenges for humankind. The Department brings together academics in Biosciences, Environmental Sciences, Psychology, and Sport, Health & Exercise Sciences, working together to carry out world-leading research with the potential to improve human health and well-being.

We are making discoveries in a wide range of areas including: mechanisms of disease and novel therapeutic approaches; fundamental and applied research into brain function; how environmental toxins impact health; how genes and chromosomes behave; analysis of “Big Data” to explore determinants of health and disease; how our immune system works to protect us, or causes harm; determinants of human physical performance and rehabilitation; how culture and evolution shape our psychology and how to support welfare, health and wellbeing in our societies. Together, we work towards integrating academic and scientific rigour with the needs of health care providers, governments, industry, and the not-for-profit sector, aiming to deliver creative solutions to global challenges and, thereby, bring health, economic, social, and cultural benefits to societies.

Research opportunities for students 

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.

Research in Life Sciences

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Life Sciences and read more about related research to this area. 

Independent assessment of our research quality (REF 2021)

Research groups and centres

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Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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