Our world-class research environment offers a wide and exciting range of possibilities for postgraduate students. Postgraduate research at BSMS spans basic science through to clinical projects, medical ethics and social science.
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.
Opportunities for collaboration
The neighbouring Schools of Life Science at the University of Sussex and the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Brighton ensure a rich collaborative environment. Students may also take part in our exciting collaborative work with research centres including:
- the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (University of Brighton)
- the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research (University of Brighton)
- the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science (University of Sussex)
- Sussex Neuroscience (University of Sussex)
- The Blond McIndoe Research Foundation, East Grinstead, which specialises in research into tissue regeneration.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Duration: 24-48 months full-time or 36-72 months part-time
(i) 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.
[NOTE: 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.
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Duration: 12-24 months full-time or 24-36 months part-time
(i) the BMBS degree of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School or a registrable professional or other medical qualification;
(ii) eligibility for full or limited registration with the General Medical Council.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Duration: 18-36 months full-time or 30-48 months part-time
(i) a first or second class honours 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) appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references.