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Integrated PhD Biomedical Science - Stem Cell Science

Our four year Integrated PhD programme reflects some of the major research strengths of the University, and is available in three pathways.

Introducing your degree

Our four year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science - Stem Cell Science degree as been designed to produce the next generation of leaders in stem cell research, one of the major research strengths of the University of Southampton. The PhD degree programme provides broad training in the intellectual and practical basis of scientific research as well as a focused individual research experience. The combination of a choice of laboratory rotations and a three year project offers an enhanced student experience to better prepare you for a career in scientific research.

Overview

Our four year Integrated PhD in Biomedical Science has been designed to produce the next generation of leaders in stem cell research, one of the major research strengths of the University of Southampton.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Application deadlines for funded positions and our Integrated PhD may apply. These will be stated on the relevant webpage / advert. All available studentships are advertised on the website www.findaphd.com, including the Integrated PHD Studentships.

If you would like more information on application deadlines for the next academic year please contact the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School: pgrapply.FM@soton.ac.uk

Closing dates and interviews

All Integrated PhD Pathways Studentships will be advertised on www.findaphd.com and interviews will take place in the New Year.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to give a short presentation as part of the selection process.

For more information please contact the Faculty of Medicine Graduate School: pgrapply.FM@soton.ac.uk

Programme Structure

Studying high-quality basic science, delivered in a clinically relevant way, will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for a career in academia, health, industry and other related sectors.

Our research themes include stem cells, human development and regenerative medicine - with a strong interface between life sciences and physical sciences.  On this pathway you will gain a deep understanding of translational stem cell biology, and critically, learn to communicate effectively with biologists, clinicians, bioengineers and physical scientists through exposure to the life sciences interface. 

Key Facts

You can apply using our online form. Find out more about applying for postgraduate study. You will also need to provide us with transcripts and references. You can select a pathway from the three available. 

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Duration

Four years full time.

An intermediate award of MRes is made after successful completion of the first year.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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

English language: IELTS 7.0 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University 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

Research Skills for Biomedical Sciences

This module aims to provide you with a learning environment in which you can gain an understanding of the true philosophy of research from initial ideas to the application of the findings. We will be using a variety of learning and teaching methods that we hope you will find stimulating and helpful.

On completion of this module you should have gained a sound understanding of statistics and be able to develop a hypothesis as well as plan a research project.  

Cell Biology

All students on the Integrated PhD Programme will take the Cell Biology module. The module aims to provide you with an understanding of molecular cell biology and mechanisms of regulation and adaptation; to develop your skills in critical appraisal of previously published research; and to enhance your oral skills required for the presentation and interpretation of data. You will be assessed by journal review, presentation and contribution to discussions.

Stem Cell Biology

Students on the Stem Cells pathway take the Stem Cell Biology module. The pathway aims to provide you with an understanding of stem cell biology including embryonic, fetal and adult stem cells and their application for regenerative medicine; to develop your skills in critical appraisal of previously published research; and to enhance your oral skills required for the presentation and interpretation of data. 

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.

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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 copyingCoursework such as essays and projects are likely to be submitted online. The 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: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page Details about binding costs for theses can be found here: http://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).£44.00

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.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these 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 modules suggest reading texts as optional 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 for the module.
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.
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 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

University Hospital Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

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