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MD in Biochemistry and Physiology

University of Surrey
Surrey, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England24-60mths part-time

Why Surrey?
The School of Biosciences and Medicine is home to a vibrant research community and has well-established collaborations with industry and clinical practice.

Our academics are engaged in world-leading discovery and translational research to improve human and animal health. We use biochemical and molecular techniques to tackle a wide range of problems, including cancer, vaccine biology, diet, infectious diseases, sleep, addiction and cardiovascular disease.

Programme structure

Research facilities and equipment
The Department of Biochemistry and Physiology uses the Faculty core technology programme that supports equipment-intensive research technologies and promotes their use in multidisciplinary research. This includes facilities for transcriptomics, bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics, advanced microscopy and fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Our human studies are supported by a state-of the- art clinical trials facility within our Clinical Research Centre where we perform first-in-man trials of experimental medicines and vaccines.

We also have all the standard analytical and project-specific equipment you would expect for research in biochemistry and physiology, including that for cell culture, biochemistry, electrophysiology and molecular biology.

MD overview
Research for an MD may be carried out in the clinical workplace and/or in the University’s facilities, and will be supervised jointly by a collaborative supervisor from the hospital and a principal supervisor from the Faculty. Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus some time to write up the MD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

Research areas

– Cancer
– Cardiovascular disease
– Computational and systems biology
– Sleep, chronobiology and addiction
– Nutrition, metabolism and diabetes
– Exercise and musculo-skeletal health
– Physical activity and vascular function

Recent projects include, but are not limited to:

– The influence of diet on brain development
– The role of oxytocin in drug addiction
– The influence of food and light on biological rhythms and sleep
– Mechanisms of anti-cancer drug resistance
– In silico modelling of drug action

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Graduate School website as and when they become available.

How to apply
For more information on the course and how to apply please visit the course website.

General enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 681 681

Admissions enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 682 222

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