PhD studentships

As part of the continuing expansion of the Medical School we have at anyone time a varying number of funded PhD studentships available.

These are usually advertised below on the University website and also via We are also delighted to always receive applications for self-funded PhDs at any time.

At present we offer Masters By Research, MPhil, PhD and MD qualifications to suitably qualified applicants and although our general programme title is Medical Studies our current PhD/MDs are researching across a broad range of topics ranging from biomedical to health service research.

For any enquiries about postgraduate research study in the University of Exeter Medical School please contact Medical School Graduate Research:


The following projects are available. Information about the project, the application process and any specific admissions information are detailed within each project.

Studentship Supervisor Application Deadline
Optogenetic reprogramming of the anxiety circuit, Medicine – PhD (funded) Ref: 2627 Professor Robert Pawlak 31st August 2017

Entry requirements

In all instances the minimum qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or above in a suitable discipline (individual projects may have more specific requirements).

Non UK candidates must also have IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7 and above (or equivalent qualification).

For any queries about these projects please contact Medical School Graduate Research in the first instance: