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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



What will I learn?

PhD students at BSMS are awarded a joint degree from the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. Research at BSMS spans basic science through to clinical projects, medical ethics and social science, offering a wide and exciting range of possibilities for postgraduate students.

Postgraduate research at BSMS aims to develop your skills to work as a researcher in cutting edge technologies in subjects related to health and biomedical science. Our PhD and MD graduates have progressed into clinical academic careers, are working in biomedical science companies or have continued in academic science as postdoctoral researchers.

Interdisciplinary study is one of our strengths, and you will be able to work alongside both academic staff with a background in fundamental science and practising clinicians. Our postgraduate students are usually supervised by members of BSMS, the University of Brighton or University of Sussex academic staff, or by clinicians in the NHS.

You will be able to take advantage of the University Researcher Development Frameworks training at both universities, as well as the facilities and equipment at both and in NHS research laboratories.

Which department am I in?

Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
£24,210.00 (US$ 30,076) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2023


Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Medical Teaching Building,

University of Sussex,


BN1 9PX, England

Entry requirements

For international students

A recognised Masters degree or other qualification which is regarded by the Joint Research Degree Approval Board as being equivalent, and which is normally relevant to the programme of study proposed or (ii) substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references. Applicants with first or higher second class honours degrees will be taken on initially as MPhil students and will be given the opportunity to upgrade to a PhD after one year, providing adequate progress has been made. International applicants who meet the above entry criteria and have IELTS (minimum score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each section) are welcome to apply.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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