Welcome

Postgraduate students are considered inclusive members of the College’s research team and are encouraged to take an active role in shaping the community and environment. As a postgraduate student who will have access to a diverse programme of seminars and workshops and a comprehensive skills’ development programme, which exposes students to innovation, Bioentrepreneurship and digital technologies as well as traditional core skills. Attendance at national and international conferences is encouraged and supported via a bursaries scheme. Each year the College hosts a ‘postgraduate week’, where our students deliver posters and presentations to develop their presentation and communication skills and practice dealing with (and asking) questions in a realistic research environment.

Throughout your candidature, you will be supported by a supervisory team (academic and pastoral guidance) as well as a dedicated College Research Office team and Higher Degrees Committee.

The College’s research efforts reside in the Institute of Life Science (ILS), where more than £100M has been invested in research infrastructure, including the £21M Centre for NanoHealth. These, together with the College’s other flagship facilities - the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility; the Centre of Excellence in eHealth and Informatics (CIPHER), one of four co-ordinating centres comprising the new UK Farr Institute for Health Informatics funded by an MRC led consortium of UK government and charity funders; and MRC funded CLIMB, a world-leading cyber infrastructure for microbial bioinformatics, delivered through collaborations between Swansea, Cardiff, Birmingham and Warwick universities - provide the 160 postgraduate research student community with access to state-of-the-art resource.

The Institute of Life has outstanding laboratory and clinical research facilities as well as a Clinical Research Facility incorporating jointly-located clinical trials and medical imaging suites.  The College’s pioneering work on informatics has been further recognised by a new £8million award to host the Centre for Administrative Data Research and Evaluation (CADRE), part of the ESRC Big Data Network.

Considering becoming a researcher?

What do you want to research?

We invite applications for research degrees (MRes, Masters by Research, MPhil, MD, PhD) from well qualified candidates whose research interests correspond to the following expert-led research themes:

 We are also accepting applications in:

 

 Postgraduate Research Degrees - view your study options

 

Recruiting now

Current research projects available at the College of Medicine include:

New Born Immunity

  • Anti-inflammatory cytokine based therapies for preventing preterm birth
  • Immunoregulatory cytokines at the maternofetal interface
  • Imapct of maternal obesity during pregnancy on immune function at birth and beyond
  • Developmental differences in T cell phenotype and function

Microbiology and Infectious Disease Specific:

  • Comparative genomic analysis of Staphylococcal species (including MRSA) associated with clinical infection
  • Understanding the genetic differences between environmental, commensal and pathogenic Escherichia coli
  • Analysing and modelling the microbial genomics of Helicobacter pylori in the development of gastric cancer
  • Host / niche adaption processes determining the virulence of Campylobacter species
  • Application of genomics to the epidemiology of tuberculosis and understanding genetic determinants of the disease
  • Aspects of Cryptosporidium infection and epidemiology
  • Interactions between Campylobacter jejuni and Escherichia coli on mucosal cell surfaces
  • Environmental survival of Campylobacter jejuni in mixed and pure culture
  • Why are attached Campylobacter and Salmonella so heat-resistant?

Microbiology and Infectious Disease General:

  • Host / pathogen interactions between microbes and host cells
  • Comparative microbial genomics of the bacterial pathogens; Staphylococcus, E. coli, Campylobacter and Helicobacter and Mycobacterium.
  • Studies of genotype / phenotype analysis of microbial pathogens
  • Genome-wide association studies in pathogenic bacteria: commensalism and virulence
  • The ecology and evolution of Campylobacter
  • Bioinformatics and pathogen genomics

Neuroscience:

  • How does neuroinflammation drive neurodegeneration
  • The genetics of neurological disease
  • How can we slow or stop neurodegenerative diseases- The prospects for brain repair
  • Big data approaches to understanding complex neurological disorders

Patient and Population Health and Informatics:

  • Automated detection of adverse events and medical error based on electronic health records
  • Data mining research on detecting adverse drug events for pharmacovigilance
  • Mining patterns of multimorbidity in primary care
  • Patient phenotype cohort identification using routine electronic healthcare records
  • Identifying determinants of health outcomes from routine electronic healthcare records
  • Identification of complex interactions of risk factors in epidemiological data
  • Causal reasoning and modelling of risk factors and health outcomes
  • Effects of physical activity and sedentary behaviours on health
  • Processes and impacts of public and patient involvement in research
  • Pre-hospital emergency care and mental health crises
  • Linkage of patient records in emergency care
  • Emergency and primary care interface
  • Consent in emergency care research
  • Risk management and decision making in pre-hospital emergency care

Scholarships and Funding

 Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Graphene Nanosensors for Enhanced In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Outcomes

 

Funding is available on a competitive basis for all students to pursue postgraduate research degrees

Swansea University offers part- and fully-funded scholarships annually on a competitive basis for home and EU students. Overseas candidates may be eligible for funding from other bodies, details of which may be obtained from the University's International Office. The Wales Office of the National Institute of Social Care and Health Research (NISCHR), NHS national research programmes, the National Assembly for Wales, the Research Councils, the European Commission, charitable bodies and industrial collaborators have also supported research projects.

 

How to apply

To be eligible to apply you will need:

MRes

Applicants for a research degree must hold an initial degree of a UK University or another University approved by Senate and would normally have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum classification of lower second (2:2) or equivalent. All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test at grade 6.5 average and no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.

Masters by Research

Applicants for a research degree must hold an initial degree of a UK University or another University approved by Senate and would normally have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum classification of upper second (2:1) or equivalent. All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test at grade 6.5 average and no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.

MPhil

Applicants for a research degree must hold an initial degree of a UK University or another University approved by Senate and would normally have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum classification of upper second (2:1) or equivalent. All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test at grade 6.5 average and no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.

MD

Applicants for the MD degree should normally possess a Bachelor of Medicine or Surgery. All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test at grade 6.5 average and no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.

PhD

Applicants for a research degree must hold an initial degree of a UK University or another University approved by Senate and would normally have achieved or be predicted to achieve a minimum classification of upper second (2:1) or equivalent.All candidates whose first language is not English are expected to pass the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test at grade 6.5 average and no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.

Apply online or contact Dr Vivienne Jenkins for further information.