AnatomyFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Awards available||PhD, MD, MSc by research|
PhD: Three or four years full-time, or PT equivalent
MScR: One year full-time, or PT equivalent.
Both have an additional optional year to write up.
MD: Two years full-time (plus three optional years to write up), or PT equivalent.
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||
By agreement with supervisor; maximum period of study for part-time PhD is seven years and MScR is three years. Minimum period of study for part-time MD is four years and maximum is seven years.
This research degree is also available via distance learning.
Research within the Centre for Applied Anatomy (CAA) is internationally recognised and focuses on cancer biology, developmental biology and neuroendocrinology.
The CAA has excellent facilities, including the Vesalius Centre, which houses a state-of-the-art clinical anatomy suite with opportunities to use unfixed human tissue for both research and training purposes. This centre provides a wide range of opportunities for translational research (eg in the design and evaluation of medical implants or surgical procedures), strengthening links with the Bristol Medical School and School of Veterinary Sciences. The centre also has access to the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time (Non-clinical)
- Overseas: full-time (Clinical)
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Bench fees: For postgraduate research students who are not funded by UK Research Councils or (specific) UK charities, it is usual to charge a bench fee. A bench fee covers the costs of laboratory consumables, specialist equipment and other relevant costs (e.g. training) for the duration of the programme. The bench fee charged can vary considerably depending on the nature of the programme being undertaken. Details of specific bench fee charges can be provided on request and will made clear in the offer letter sent to applicants.
Funding for 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
For the PhD, an upper second-class honours degree or MSc is required. For the MD, we require applicants to have completed the MBChB.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Cancer Biology Research studies the dynamic interaction of cancer cells with normal (non-cancerous) epithelial cells and fibroblasts. Cancer cells surround and attack normal epithelial cells, whereas fibroblasts restrict distribution and movement of cancer cells; the cause and consequence of these interactions are investigated.
Developmental Biology Research investigates the molecular mechanisms that underlie macrophage migration in vivo, with particular interest in how these immune cells prioritise competing cues (eg damage signals released from wounds) as well as the guidance cues that direct their developmental dispersal during embryogenesis and the presence of bacterial infection.
Neuroendocrinology Research is concentrated in two main areas, which include the neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying the control of fertility and the neurobiology of stress responses. A multi-animal model strategy is used in combination with hypothalamic and pituitary cell lines to study the topics from in-vivo systems to molecular level.
Students who completed this programme have progressed to careers in scientific research, academia, clinical research, scientific patents and scientific writing.
Cancer Biology group
Dr Nobue Itasaki, (Senior Lecturer), Cancer cell dynamics in micro-environment: interactions with non-cancerous epithelial cells and with fibroblasts.
Dr Allison Fulford, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Functional neuroanatomy of stress responses; in-vitro and in-vivo approaches; Neurobiology of stress and adaptive behaviour; the role of neuromodulatory peptides.
Dr Domingo Tortonese, (Senior Lecturer), Neuroendocrine control of fertility.
Dr Julie Townsend, (Senior Teaching Fellow), Paracrine mechanisms underlying the intra-pituitary regulation of fertility.
We welcome applications at any time of year.
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REF 2014 results
- Clinical Medicine:
- 31% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 48% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 20% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
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Ms Allison Maggs Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2752 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Domingo Tortonese Director of Graduate Studies Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8332
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