PhD Degree in Biology in United Kingdom

View PhD Programs in Biology in United Kingdom 2017/2018

Biology

Requirements for the PhD program often involve the student having already obtained a Master’s degree. Additionally, a thesis or dissertation primarily consisting of original academic research must be submitted. In some countries, this work may even need to be defended in front of a panel.

For you to have the best understanding of living things and their behavior, you need a PhD in biology. The PhD in Biology will give students knowledge of research in the areas of Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolution and Computational Biology.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom and Britain, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe.The two most famous (and oldest) universities are Oxford and Cambridge (often referred to as Oxbridge by many Britons) England also has several other world-class institutions, including several in London (notably Imperial College, the London School of Economics, University College London and King's College London, all are part of London University)

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PhD Studentship in Biotechnology: Genetic engineering of isoprene synthase

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering
Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This project will use protein engineering to improve enzymes required for the efficient production of isoprene from renewable resources. Isoprene is an industrial chemical widely used in the polymer industry, and mainly produced from petrochemical feedstocks. [+]

Best PhD Programs in Biology in United Kingdom 2017/2018. This project will use protein engineering to improve enzymes required for the efficient production of isoprene from renewable resources. Isoprene is an industrial chemical widely used in the polymer industry, and mainly produced from petrochemical feedstocks. Sustainable solutions for isoprene synthesis have been proposed, which rely on the engineering of biosynthetic isoprene pathways in microbes. These pathways use isoprene synthase (IspS) to convert dimethylallyl pyrophosphate (DMAPP) into isoprene. IspS is relatively inefficient, with low turnover and high KM, as well as poor soluble microbial expression. To achieve commercially relevant yields of isoprene, improvement of IspS is necessary. The aim of this project is to develop an isoprene synthase with improved solubility and catalytic efficiency, to be integrated into an engineered pathway for the microbial production of isoprene. First, you will investigate the isoprene production ability of a range of plant isoprene synthase candidates. Codon optimised IspS genes will be synthesised and their soluble expression in E. coli will be investigated. After identification of a suitable candidate, site-directed mutagenesis based on homology models will be used to improve catalytic activity and solubility. Medium-sized libraries will be screened on lysates for the conversion of DMAPP to isoprene, using established GC methods. The project will involve skills relevant to enzyme engineering for biotechnology applications, including molecular biology and microbiology, protein expression and purification, computational methods, and competence in analytical techniques (especially HPLC, GC, GCMS). Training will be provided where necessary. Good communication skills are... [-]

Biodiversity Management Research Degrees

University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years August 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

PhD & MSc by research with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Providing training for conservation practitioners. [+]

PhD & MSc by research with an interdisciplinary and international focus. Providing training for conservation practitioners. The School of Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent offers unique opportunities for advanced study and training in the conservation and management of biodiversity. The School is home to the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), a leading international research and training centre dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems around the world. Since it was founded in 1989, DICE has graduated over fifty research students, and as with all its other activities, a major characteristic of the research degree programme in biodiversity management is its international and interdisciplinary focus. The varied research interests of our academic staff allows us to offer supervision of research on a wide variety of projects on different organisms or systems and in different habitats and countries. Hence, there are specific research projects underway on species conservation, wildlife management law, tourism and conservation, and the sustainable uses of biodiversity. Academic programme A candidate undertaking a research degree must submit a thesis that demonstrates an ability to undertake an original investigation, to test an hypothesis and to understand the relationship of your field of study to a wider field of knowledge. Additionally, in the case of a doctorate, the thesis submitted must be an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field of investigation. For a MSc by research and thesis, a candidate is registered for 1 year of full time study or 2 years... [-]