University of York

University of York

Biological Chemistry

Biological chemistry research, including structural and chemical biology, has its epicentre in the York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL). Work focuses on the fundamental chemical bases for biological and biochemical processes, the use of small molecules to probe cellular biology, software and methods development and on the exploitation of enzymes in biocatalysis. Research projects can be carried out in virtually any area of chemistry as long as a suitable project and supervisor can be allocated meaning you can specialise in your own specific area of interest. You will work under the guidance of an academic supervisor who is expert in that particular field, and alongside other members of the research group including academics, post-doctoral researchers as well as fellow postgraduate students. To be considered for postgraduate study you need to submit a formal application.

Entry requirements

Applicants for research programmes should have, or expect to receive a minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent in a chemistry related subject. We recommend that you visit departmental research pages and contact potential supervisors to discuss the research areas you are interested in. This will help to ensure a proper match between you and your prospective supervisor. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Areas of interest: Biocatalysis and industrial enzymology (Grogan, Wilson, Davies); bioorthogonal chemistry and chemical genetics (Fascione, Davies); drug design, including fragment based approaches (Hubbard, Davies); glycobiology and carbohydrate chemistry (Davies); nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) (Potts, Plevin); protein-nucleic acid interactions (Antson, Wilkinson); software development for structural biology (Cowtan, Dodson and Wilson); structural microbiology (Wilkinson, Wilson); structural endocrinology (Brzozowski); thermodynamics of biological processes (Shimizu).

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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01904 324544