Research opportunities in the Schools of Medical Sciences and Healthcare Sciences
- Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME)
- Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC)
- North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research (NWCPCR)
- North Wales Organisation for Randomised Trials in Health (NWORTH)
- Implementation Research Programme (IMPLEMENT@Bangor)
- Experiencing and Managing Illness in Cultural Contexts – Centring patient and family perspectives in service development (EMIC)
- Bangor Evidence Synthesis Hub (BESH)
The School specialises in the areas listed below. Visit the School research pages and School academic staff pages for further details.
Candidates seeking entry onto PhD and other research degrees are encouraged to present research proposals related to these areas of specialism.
Alternatively, candidates may undertake a research degree in a topic specified by the School. Visit the ‘Research Projects’ section for details of these topics.
- Rheumatic diseases
- Inflammatory arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Behavioural (cognitive) neurology
- Sensorimotor integration (on eye and limb movements)
- Higher order sensory processing
- Developing the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Rendering
- Effects of antipsychotic medication on neutrophil morphology and oxidative stress
- Use of Quantitive Structural Activity Relations in cellular responses to antipsychotics
- History of Medicine
- Smell and taste pathophysiology, assessment and management
- Assessment of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
- Transnasal fibreoptic flexible laryngo oesophagoscopy
- Dizziness assessment and treatment
- Catabolic effects of rheumatic diseases and effect on muscle mass and function
- Autoimmune rheumatic diseases – prognosis, and assessment of treatment
- Assessment of novel anti rheumatic treatment
- Respiratory medicine
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Sports and exercise medicine
- Cardiac imaging and intervention
- Cortical processes and cardiovascular output
- Cardiology and nuclear medicine
- Clinical research into the assessment and development of new anti-cancer drugs
- Assessment of the effects of chemotherapy
- Intensive care medicine
- Chronic disease patient care
- Diabetes and vascular disease
Research Project Opportunities
Candidates wishing to research any of the projects listed in this section should apply as follows:
- International candidates requiring a pre-sessional English course will be enrolled on a Combined English / Study Skills and Research Course at the University before starting the PhD degree. The research proposal will be developed and written when enrolled on this course.
- UK nationals or European and International candidates who have already reached the level of English required for entry should present a relevant research proposal when applying for admission.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
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Fees & Scholarships
Please take a look at our Fees & Scholarships pages for details.
How to apply
Step 1 – Select your research topic
You have two options with regards the selection of your research topic;
Prepare your Research Proposal, based on the research expertise at the School.
Occasionally, the University advertises PhD Studentships. Studentships are funded / sponsored PhD placements which cover tuition fees and sometimes living costs, usually for a period of 3 years. They are offered for specific research projects. Studentships are advertised on the University website and Academic Schools’ websites and there is normally a deadline for submitting applications. The terms and conditions of Studentships vary and may become available at different times of the year.
If you are applying for a Studentship, enter the name of the studentship on the application form.
Step 2 – Prepare your documentation
You will need to gather the following documentation to present with your application:
- Bachelor degree certificate and transcript
- Masters degree certificate and transcript (if undertaken)
- English language test certificate (if undertaken)
- Academic reference / support letter
- Confirmation of funding / sponsorship (if applicable)
- Research Proposal (if you are NOT selecting a project from the Directory of PhD opportunities or applying for a Studentship). Click here for guidance about how to write a good research proposal.
Step 3 – Apply Online
International students have two options when applying;Apply online
Option 1 – Apply online yourself
- Apply online yourself through our Online Application Portal. Refer to the Guidance Notes for help in filling the form OR
Option 2 – Apply online with the help of a recruitment agent
- If you would like help in completing and managing your application you may seek help from one of our authorised representatives or agents. To see a list of our representatives for your country please visit the Country pages.
Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/MPhil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/MPhil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/MPhil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/MPhil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/MPhil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
Your research proposal
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
- Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
- Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
- Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
- Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.
When do I Apply?
You can apply at any time of the year.
It is possible to start a PhD degree at any point in the year at most academic Schools, subject to agreement with the supervisor.
We advise that you submit your application in enough time to:
- organise funding
- undertake an English course
- obtain documents such as transcripts and references required for meeting the conditions of the offer
- apply for a visa
- make accommodation arrangements
Admission related queries
If you need any assitance in completing your application, contact the International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email email@example.com