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Researchers in the Academy of Primary Care

PhD projects

Funded projects

We advertise fully-funded PhD opportunities on our website and on the FindaPhD website.

These are funded for example by charities, the Medical School, industry or UKRI, and will be with a named supervisor and on a specified project.

Please check eligibility carefully; many will only be open to UK (Home) students.

Due to the variable nature of funding, these can be offered at different times of the year, and have different application deadlines.

Current opportunities

The role of B7-H1 in platelet activation and immunothrombosis

Applications are invited for a PhD project funded by the British Heart Foundation, joining our world-class and highly productive platelet research group at the University of Hull campus.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide accounting for one-third of deaths. Platelets play a key role in the cessation of bleeding after injury, while contributing to vascular inflammation in CVD through the development of arterial thrombosis.

Recent transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of platelets identified the immunoregulatory molecule B7-H1, but the mechanisms behind how this regulates platelet functions in health and disease are yet to be explored.

The successful candidate will be based in the Hardy Research Laboratories at the University of Hull, and will examine the impact of B7-H1 expression (or the lack of thereof) on platelet activation and platelet-mediated immunothrombosis.

Scholarship details and how to apply (

Application deadline: 27 May 2022

Innovative regenerative scaffolds for simultaneous immune cell monitoring and wound healing promotion

Applications are invited for a PhD project funded by the University of Hull, to work with Professor Mat Hardman and Dr Holly Wilkinson to develop and evaluate innovative scaffold-hydrogel combination technologies. These have the potential to enhance wound cell function, while providing a minimally-invasive method to monitor wound immune signatures.

Excessive inflammation and defective immune cell function are key drivers of chronic wound pathology in both the elderly and diabetic. The treatment of chronic wounds remains a substantial burden to Healthcare providers worldwide.

This project will explore the coordinated activation and monitoring of multiple cell types, molecules and signalling pathways. Working with clinical colleagues and a leading biomaterials company you will develop exciting new tools monitor wound inflammation and healing progress.

This studentship is based at Hull York Medical School. It is one of three funded opportunities in the PhD cluster, which brings together highly successful research groups with a common interest in chronic immune pathology across wound healing and cancer. The other PhD studentships in this cluster are based at the University of Hull (not Hull York Medical School).

Scholarship details and how to apply (University of Hull website)

Details about the other PhD cluster opportunities (University of Hull website)

Application deadline: 6 May 2022

Self-funded projects

If you would like to propose your own research project, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Supervisors will be happy to work with you to devise a project that can encompass your own research interest whilst still supporting the strategic research priorities of their own research group/centre and that of the Medical School.

Prior to submitting an application, please contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss possible supervision of a self-funded project leading to one of our postgraduate research degrees, including MSc by thesis.

Explore the areas of research in the and find the contact details for the academic members of staff.

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of our advertised projects, please contact the named supervisor in the first instance.

If you have any queries on how to apply or any other queries, please email: