Biochemistry and molecular biology (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • We are a leading centre of research, ranked 8th in the UK for research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 87 per cent of our research is categorised as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • We were ranked in the top 10 in the UK for biological sciences (The Complete University Guide 2017).
  • You work in a centre of excellence facilitating the translation of basic scientific discovery into the delivery of novel treatments. Sussex belongs to the Barts and Brighton Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC), driving the development of new anticancer treatments across the UK.

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  • Our high-quality scientists have a reputation for scientific excellence, and research a broad range of subjects – from the Epstein-Barr virus to Alzheimer’s disease to the use of bacterial toxins as pesticides.
  • Our collaborative links with the MRC Genome Damage and Stability Centre and Brighton and Sussex Medical School offer exciting opportunities for you to experience cuttingedge research projects across many areas of modern bioscience.
  • With expertise ranging from structural biology to cell biology, we offer a multidisciplinary environment, providing excellent research training in a supportive and collegial atmosphere.
Specialist facilities

We have state-of-the-art facilities for protein structure elucidation by x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopy, mass spectrometry and biophysics, as well as protein structural analysis using bioinformatics. The Sussex Centre for Advanced Microscopy includes confocal, 2-photon and time-lapse video microscopy, transmission and scanning electron-microscopy, giving high-level imaging of primary and cultured cells.

Programmes

  • PhD in Biochemistry
  • MPhil in Biochemistry

The School of Life Sciences is a vibrant international research community. Our research interests range from the most basic chemical building blocks of life to studies of how the brain generates behaviour and how insect societies are organised. We offer PhD/MPhil courses and welcome students with their own projects falling within our research interests.

Student progress and support

Throughout your studies, you take part in laboratory meetings, journal clubs and a weekly seminar series. We encourage you to participate in national and international scientific meetings.

The School offers full support to all research students by monitoring their progress in the form of annual reviews, informal meetings and midyear reports (Year 1). The annual Postgraduate Research Colloquium brings doctoral students and faculty together for a wider discussion of research within the School. All third-year doctoral students give a talk on their research, and all second-year students submit a poster depicting the key aims and objectives, methods and
findings of their project.

We aim to ensure you have the best possible research experience. The relationships between supervisors and research students are among the most rewarding of academic partnerships. We host regular social events for our students to mingle with their peers and supervisors across the biosciences. We take student feedback seriously and doctoral students are represented on our Student Experience Committee.

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Entry requirements

MPhil in Biochemistry

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

PhD in Biochemistry

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant subject

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

Visas and immigration

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For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Biochemistry fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Biochemistry fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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Faculty interests

Prof Bugewa Apampa
Professor of Pharmacy Education
B.Apampa@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Dementia, Education, Pharmaceutical care, Pharmacy

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Dr John Armstrong
Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry
J.Armstrong@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Genetic manipulation

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Prof John Atack
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
J.Atack@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Drug discovery, Neuropharmacology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Schizophrenia

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Dr Jon Baxter
Research Fellow
Jon.Baxter@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Alessandro Bianchi
Senior Lecturer
A.Bianchi@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: DNA replication, Telomerase, Telomeres

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Prof Keith Caldecott
Professor of Biochemistry 'Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder'
K.W.Caldecott@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Ageing, Drug discovery, Mitosis, Neurodegeneration, Proteomics

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Prof Antony Carr
Director
A.M.Carr@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Kok-Lung Chan
Research Fellow
KokLung.Chan@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Neil Crickmore
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Genetics
N.Crickmore@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Bioinformatics, Biological control, Insecticides

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Prof Aidan Doherty
Professor of Biochemistry
A.J.Doherty@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cells, Crystallography, DNA, Mitochondria, Molecular chaperones, Pathogens, Polymerase, Structural biology

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Prof Jessica Downs
Visiting Research Fellow
J.A.Downs@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Georgios Giamas
Reader in Cell Signalling
G.Giamas@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell signalling, Drug resistance, Estrogen Receptor, LMTK3, molecular biology, Phosphorylation, Protein kinase, Proteomics, SILAC, Transcription, Xenograft models

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Prof Martin Gosling
Professor of Molecular Pharmacology
M.Gosling@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Helfrid Hochegger
Reader
H.Hochegger@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cancer cell biology, Cell biology, Cell cycle, Cell division, Drug discovery, Kinases, Mathematical modelling, Mitosis, Proteomics

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Dr Eva Hoffmann
Senior Research Fellow
eh58@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: age-related infertility, budding yeast, Chromosome pairing, Chromosomes, Cytogenetics, Genetic mapping/ markers, Genetic variation, human oocytes, infertility, Meiosis, mismatch repair, synaptonemal complex

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Dr Penny Jeggo
Professorial Fellow
P.A.Jeggo@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Mitosis, Proteomics, Radiation

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Prof Alan Lehmann
Research Professor, Molecular Genetics
A.R.Lehmann@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: DNA damage and repair, human genetic disorders, Replication of damaged DNA

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Dr Erika Mancini
Reader
Erika.Mancini@sussex.ac.uk

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Prof Anthony Moore
Professor of Biochemistry
A.L.Moore@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Plant physiology

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Prof Simon Morley
Professor of Signal Transduction
S.J.Morley@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Pathology

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Dr Jo Murray
Reader
J.M.Murray@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cell cycle, Chromosomes, DNA damage and repair, DNA replication, Genome rearrangements, Homologous recombination, Replication of damaged DNA

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Dr Matt Neale
Reader
M.Neale@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Chromosome structure, Chromosomes, Meiosis, Recombination

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Prof Mark O'Driscoll
Professor Of Human Molecular Genetics
M.O-Driscoll@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell biology, Cell cycle, Cell Differentiation (disease), Cell division, Cell signalling, Chemotherapeutics, Dev. Origins of adult disease, DNA damage and repair, DNA double-strand breaks, DNA replication, Genetics and development, Genotype to Phenotype, Medical science and disease, Metabolic syndrome, Nervous system, Neurodegenerative disease, Neurodevelopmental Syndromes, Neuroscience (Human disease), Paediatrics (Human disease), Pathogenesis, Pathology, Replication of damaged DNA, Signal transduction, Tissue differentiation and programming

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Dr Antony Oliver
Senior Research Fellow
Antony.Oliver@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Biomolecules and biochemistry, Biophysics, DNA Binding and interactions, DNA binding proteins, DNA damage and repair, DNA double-strand breaks, Drug development, Drug discovery, Kinases, Protein-DNA interactions, Replication of damaged DNA, Structural biology

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Dr Mark Paget
Reader in Molecular Genetics
M.Paget@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Antibiotic resistance, Antibiotics, Biofuels, Gene expression, Metabolic engineering, Microbiology, Renewables, Streptomyces, Transcription

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Prof Laurence Pearl
Professor of Structural Biology
Laurence.Pearl@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Chromatin, Crystallography, Drug development, Drug discovery, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular chaperones, Neurodegeneration, Protein structure, Proteomics, Structural biology

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Dr Chrisostomos Prodromou
Senior Research Fellow
Chris.Prodromou@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 3D Structure, Chlamydomonas, Drug discovery, Dynein, Hsp90, molecular biology, Molecular chaperones, Protein expression

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Prof Louise Serpell
Professor of Biochemistry
L.C.Serpell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Alzheimer's Disease, Biomedical neuroscience, Cell biology, Dementia, Drug discovery, Neurodegeneration, Neurodegenerative disease, Protein misfolding, Structural biology, Synthetic biology

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Prof Alison Sinclair
Professor of Molecular Virology
A.J.Sinclair@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Burkitt lymphoma, Cancer (Human disease), Cancer cell biology, Cell biology, Cell cultures, Chromatin, DNA binding proteins, Expression systems, Gene expression, Gene silencing, Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular virology, mRNA, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, next-generation sequencing, Oncogenes, Protein complexes, Transcription, Transcription factors, Transcriptional regulation, Virology, virus, virus replication

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Dr Steve Sweet
Senior Research Fellow
S.M.Sweet@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Bioinformatic tools for proteomics, Chromatin, DNA damage and repair, DNA double-strand breaks, Epigenetics, Histones, Mass Spectrometry, Protein identification, Protein-protein interactions, Proteomics, Transcription

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Dr Felicity Watts
Reader in Biochemistry
F.Z.Watts@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: 53BP1, DNA repair, DNA replication, fission yeast, PCNA, Recombination, S. pombe, SUMO, Ubiquitin

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Prof Michelle West
Professor of Tumour Virology
M.J.West@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: B cells, Cancer cell biology, Cell cycle, Chromatin, Epigenetics, Transcriptional regulation, Translational regulation, Virology

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Careers and perspectives

Our training courses equip you with the knowledge for scientific careers in academia, industry and scientific publishing. A research degree will give you a range of transferable skills that will be valuable in your chosen career. Our graduates have secured posts as science teachers, university lecturers and researchers
within the pharmaceutical industry. Many of our graduates go on to postdoctoral research posts within the UK and worldwide.

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

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Biochemistry and molecular biology,
School of Life Sciences, 
Postgraduate Admissions, 
John Maynard Smith Building, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QG, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 678057 
E lifesci@sussex.ac.uk

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