Platform Technologies for Therapeutics Discovery

PhD training programme

This PhD training programme in Platform Technologies for Therapeutics Discovery brings together internationally-leading researchers at the University of Leeds and industrial and clinical partners.

The programme trains high calibre science and engineering graduates in platform technologies that may facilitate future therapeutics discovery.

Molecular therapeutics – small molecule drugs and biopharmaceuticals – dominate Man’s ability to treat disease. However, the cost of developing new drugs is exceptionally high (recently estimated at £1.8bn for each drug1), largely because of high attrition rates in drug discovery. Improving research and development productivity has been framed as a grand challenge in drug discovery1

This centre offers fully-funded PhD studentships to enable the development of scientific platforms to help address key challenges in drug discovery. To ensure industrial relevance, the programme has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with our industrial and clinical partners.

1 Nat. Rev. Drug Discov. 2010, 9, 203

Key facts
  • Number of places: Up to 8 fully funded PhD places
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Entry requirement: 2.1 degree or higher in chemistry, engineering, physics, biochemistry or a related discipline
  • UK/EU applicants only
  • Start date: October 2015
  • Applications for 2015 entry are now closed

Each student undertakes an interdisciplinary PhD project, often in collaboration with industry, that develops research skills in fields including chemical biology, biophysics, bionanoscience and synthetic biology. The training programme will equip students with the industry-relevant transferrable skills needed to be among the most attractive postgraduates for employment within the healthcare technologies, pharmaceutical or biopharmaceutical sectors.

The programme is open to applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including graduates in chemistry, engineering, physics, biochemistry and related disciplines.

The programme

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