The University of Southampton
MedicinePostgraduate study

PhD Programme

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for biomedical research and offer a range of postgraduate opportunities in both basic and clinical science.

Introducing your degree

If you are enthusiastic about developing your career in scientific or clinical research, you should consider our PhD programme. Full- and part-time study opportunities are available in a wide range of specialist areas, from biomedicine to research in clinical environments and population-based statistical studies. As part of this degree you will undertake laboratory-based research at our modern facilities at University Hospital Southampton or community-based projects in a variety of settings. Settings may include general practice, hospitals, community and outpatient clinics, and patients’ homes.

Overview

Full and part-time study opportunities are available in a wide range of our specialist areas from biomedicine to research in clinical environments and population-based statistical studies.

View the programme specification document for this programme

To Apply

Applications for our PhD programmes are welcomed all year round.  Application deadlines for funded positions may apply and will be stated on the relevant webpage /advert. 

Programme Structure

You will undertake laboratory-based research at our modern facilities at Southampton General Hospital or community-based projects, in a variety of settings.  Such settings may include general practice, hospitals, community and outpatient clinics and patients' homes.

Key Facts

Applications are welcomed throughout the year and the programme can be started throughout the year.

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Duration

MPhil Full-time 1-4 years, part-time 2-7 years

PhD Full-time 2-4 years, part-time 3-7 years

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

Intake: 30 - 40

An upper second-class Honours degree (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).

English language: IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is required for speakers of other languages.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

During your project, you will normally be supervised by a small team of academics who will be experts in your field of study. Your academic work will be supplemented by comprehensive training in research skills, statistics, critical appraisal and laboratory techniques.  In addition, you will receive training in transferable skills such as communication, presentation skills and academic writing.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingThe upgrade/transfer thesis and final thesis must be submitted in hard copy. You will need to submit one softbound copy of your final thesis. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour). A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page Details about binding costs for theses can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/dissertation_thesis/index.page?£0.05-0.50
PlacementsDisclosure and barring certificates or clearance: Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. (Cost at September 2015)£44

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksCore texts should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some texts may be suggested as background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: No costs will be incurred when using University computer facilities.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Currently all students are provided with a desktop or laptop computer to support their studies.
FieldworkAccommodation: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may complete fieldwork/data collection at locations other than Southampton. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation associated with the fieldwork/data collection. You would be expected to pay for incidental expenses e.g. meals.
FieldworkInsurance: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may complete fieldwork/data collection at locations other than Southampton. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any insurance. Students should check their own vehicle insurance to ensure they are appropriately covered for undertaking fieldwork/data collection.
FieldworkTravel costs: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may complete fieldwork/data collection at locations other than Southampton. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any travel associated with the fieldwork/data collection.
FieldworkImmunisation/vaccination costs: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may complete fieldwork/data collection at locations other than Southampton. You would normally be expected to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you are located outside of the UK.
PlacementsAccommodation: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may attend a placement with an industry partner or collaborative institution. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation associated with the placement. You would be expected to pay for incidental expenses e.g. meals.
PlacementsInsurance: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may attend a placement with an industry partner or collaborative institution. You would not normally be expected to pay the costs of any insurance. Students should check their own vehicle insurance to ensure they are appropriately covered for travel to placements.
PlacementsMedical insurance: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may attend a placement with an industry partner or collaborative institution. You would not normally be expected to pay the costs of any medical insurance unless you are located in the USA.
PlacementsTravel costs: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may attend a placement with an industry partner or collaborative institution. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any travel associated with the placement.
PlacementsImmunisation/vaccination costs: Depending on the nature of the research project, students may attend a placement with an industry partner or collaborative institution. You would normally be expected to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you are located outside of the UK.
Conference expenses Accommodation: Students may have the opportunity to attend an academic conference during their studies. You would not normally be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation and travel directly associated with the conference. You would be expected to pay for incidental expenses e.g. meals.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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