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MedicinePostgraduate study

PhD Programme

Southampton is one of the UK’s leading centres for biomedical research, offering a range of postgraduate opportunities in both basic and clinical science.

As a research-intensive university, you will benefit from studying alongside academics working at the interface of medicine, discovering solutions to some of the today’s key global healthcare challenges.

Our cutting-edge research is already having an impact in a wide range of areas including asthma, osteoporosis, antibiotic resistancedevelopmental origins of adult disease, liver disease and diabetes, and we opened the nation’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology last year, bringing together world-leading researchers to expand clinical trials and develop more lifesaving drugs in this exciting and promising area of cancer research.

Introducing your degree

You can choose from Southampton’s full and part-time PhDs in a broad range of specialist areas in Medicine, including biomedicine, research in clinical environments and population-based statistical studies.

Our PhDs are aimed at students who are enthusiastic about developing their careers in scientific or clinical research, and will give you the high quality training in research-related skills and professional/transferable skills enabling you to become a confident, independent researcher.

The University of Southampton is internationally recognised for its work in Life Sciences, of which Medicine plays a huge part. As part of our thriving postgraduate community, you will get the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of interdisciplinary areas, as well as the NHS or external funders, on research that is having a direct impact on society.

As a Medicine PhD student you will be based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals - University Hospital Southampton – where you will carry out laboratory-based research using modern facilities, and undertake community-based projects in a variety of settings, including general practice, hospitals, community and outpatient clinics, and patients’ homes.

Most projects undertaken by our PhD students focus on a medicine/health related topic and aim to deliver outcomes that may have a direct impact in future health and well-being. Many of our students go on to successful research careers in academia, working in the pharma/biotech industry, science communication, technical sales and support, publishing, clinical scientists, education and teaching.

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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.

Entry commencement dates are as follows:

29 January 2024

6 May 2024

1 July 2024

23 September 2024



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

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

Key facts

  • Join a leading UK centre for biomedical research
  • Benefit from strong links with the NHS in teaching hospitals and in the community
  • Be taught by experts in your chosen PhD field
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers from across the University, in the NHS and industry
  • Be based at a leading UK teaching hospital – University Hospital Southampton
  • Work alongside academics who are making an impact globally in transforming healthcare
  • Applications are welcomed throughout the year and the programme can be started throughout the year

Dr Ashley Pringle

Typical entry requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree in a subject related to your project (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).

Selection process

English Language: IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each category, University band C)

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

Typical course content

You will be supervised by a small team of academics who are experts in your chosen field, and your academic work will be supplemented by comprehensive training in research, skills, statistics, critical appraisal and laboratory techniques. You will also receive training in transferable skills such as communication, presentation skills and academic writing. Progress will be assessed through both written work and viva voce examinations.

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate research degrees 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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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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Study locations

University Hospital Southampton

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