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PhD projects

Funded PhD opportunities

We are pleased to offer the following funded PhD opportunities. These are advertised through

Project title Closing date
MicroRNA networks in skin inflammation 12 January 2023
12 x University of Hull funded PhDs (details below) 10 February 2023


University of Hull funded PhDs

Committed to improving the health of the region and beyond, the University of Hull is investing in PhD scholarships for 2023 entry to investigate some of this century’s most urgent challenges.

We are pleased to offer twelve of these funded PhDs within Hull York Medical School, across three clusters:

  • Addressing Health Inequalities in Advanced Illness
  • Diabetes and its Comorbidities: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Theragnostics for the Management and Treatment of Disease

Designed to attract the best talent and deliver great research that has impact, these scholarships are open to high-calibre students who will work on specific projects, all with critical importance.

Members of the Academy of Primary Care working at a whiteboard
Postgraduate taught
MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development

About the funded PhDS

Successful candidates will have their tuition fees funded throughout the research period of the PhD programme (3-years full-time, 5 years for part-time) as well as an annual stipend to cover living expenses. The stipend for 2022/23 is £17,668 and will rise each year in line with the UKRI’s recommended rate.

If you are interested in any of the PhD opportunities, we recommend booking onto a webinar to hear more from your supervisors about the research projects (details below).

If you have any further questions, we welcome you to contact the primary supervisor for an informal discussion. Please see the relevant project advertisement for their details.

The closing date for applications 10 February 2023.

Funded PhD webinars

To help you find out more about the funded PhDs, the University of Hull are hosting a series of webinars for each of the clusters, where you will be able to hear from PhD supervisors and ask questions about the programme.

Monday 05 December 2022

PhD cluster: Diabetes and its Comorbidities: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Tuesday 06 December 2022

PhD cluster: Theragnostics for the Management and Treatment of Disease

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PhD clusters and funded PhDs

Addressing Health Inequalities in Advanced Illness

This PhD cluster comprises cross-Faculty interlinked PhD scholarships, to address health inequalities in advanced illness at regional, national, and international levels.

In the United Kingdom, demographic changes mean the proportion of older people is growing fast, with a rapid increase in the number of people living with advanced illnesses, including long-term conditions, complex multi-morbidities, and frailty. Integrated approaches to care are essential, if effective and efficient solutions to these challenges are to be found.

Funded PhD in this cluster:

The development of cancer pain education resources for patients from ethnically diverse communities in Humber and North Yorkshire and the health professionals caring for them
Professor Jonathan Koffman and Dr Gertrude Nyaaba

Developing and evaluating a serious game to enable voluntary, community & social enterprises to engage and work with communities about advanced illness
Supervisors: Dr Mark Pearson ad Dr Steven Forrest

Integrated care systems: can they reduce health inequalities for patients with advanced disease?
Supervisors: Dr Joanne Cairns and Professor Una Macleod

Roles and experiences of informal carers providing care to people with advanced illness in sub-Saharan Africa
Supervisors: Dr Joseph Clark and Professor Fliss Murtagh

Diabetes and its comorbidities: a multidisciplinary approach

Diabetes is a multifaceted disease that reduces life quality and expectancy through a plethora of health complications. As the number of people living with diabetes is increasing, the societal impact of this disease is predicted to rise significantly in the next decades.

The complexity of diabetes requires a multidisciplinary research approach to understand its mechanisms and deliver novel therapeutic tools. This PhD cluster will bring together a multidisciplinary team from five different Schools within the University of Hull to investigate the fundamental aspects of diabetes.

Funded PhDs in this cluster:

Dementia and diabetes: the challenges posed by comorbidity
Dr Emma Wolverson (main supervisor), Dr Andrea Hilton, Professor Tim Palmer, Miss Liz Wells, Dr Giordano Pula

Development and characterisation of novel antioxidant H2S-releasing compounds to prevent diabetic kidney disease
Dr Sam Xu (main supervisor), Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Dr Andrew Boa, Dr Giordano Pula, Professor Sunil Bhandari

Diabetes and thrombosis: mechanistic links and novel interventional opportunities
Dr Giordano Pula (main supervisor), Professor Tim Palmer, Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Dr Vicky Green, Dr Ahmed Aburima

The underlying causes of the diabetic foot: revascularisation deficit and novel strategies to boost healing
Dr Holly Wilkinson (main supervisor), Professor Mat Hardman, Dr Giordano Pula, Dr Rebecca Vince

Theragnostics for the Management and Treatment of Disease

Theragnostics combines therapy and diagnosis into a single, unified strategy for the management and treatment of disease. The Hull Molecular Imaging Centres (HuMIC) is currently implementing the latest clinically approved theragnostic technology into routine practice at Castle Hill Hospital and planning clinical trials for the benefit of patients in Hull, East Yorkshire and the surrounding area.

To progress our own research in this area and capitalise on our world-class expertise and scientific/clinical infrastructure, we recently formed the Hull University Theragnostics (HUT) cluster, to assemble four PhD studentships pioneering new theragnostic technology and its application to disease.

Funded PhDs in this cluster:

Development and translation of theragnostic agents
Professor Steve Archibald (primary supervisor) Dr Vicky Brown and Professor Ged Avery (secondary supervisors)

Identifying the next generation of theragnostic targets in cancer
Dr Isabel Pires (primary supervisor), Dr Yongqiang Cheng and Dr Louis Allott (secondary supervisors)

Molecular Imaging and Theragnostics for Wound Healing
Supervisors: Dr Holly Wilkinson (primary supervisor), Professor Mat Hardman and Professor Steve Archibald (co-supervisors)

New strategies for the modular design of theragnostic radiopharmaceuticals
Dr Louis Allott (primary supervisor) Dr Azeem Saleem and Professor Carl Redshaw (secondary supervisors)

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.

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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: