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PhD Project Opportunities

Antimicrobial Research PhD Projects 2018/19

The Antimicrobial Research Group invites applications for its PhD programme with semester two 2016/17 and semester one 2017/18 start dates.

The Antimicrobial Research Group is part of the Research Institute for Healthcare Sciences (RIHS) at the University of Wolverhampton. RIHS is a cross-Faculty initiative supporting interdisciplinary research, providing a platform for the development and promotion of healthcare science research.

Self-Funded PhD projects are available in the following subject areas:

Antimicrobial Enhancement

AE01 Controlling antibiotic resistance: Exploiting the competence pathway
AE02 Evaluation of novel biofilm disrupting agents
AE03 Investigation of the antibacterial activity of heterocyclic compounds

Drug Delivery

DD01 Development and characterisation of cyclodextrin-loaded biosynthetic hydrogels for wound management applications
DD02 Development and characterisation of liposome-loaded biosynthetic hydrogels for wound management applications
DD03 Development of novel bio-based polymeric materials for environmentally high value applications
DD04 Preparation of microencapsulated honey: Enhancing product stability for wound management applications
DD05 Towards a more efficacious treatment for gingivitis: Hydrogel-forming solid oral dosage forms for the localised oral delivery of antimicrobials

Plant Antimicrobials

PA01 Plant extracts against resistant skin pathogens
PA02 The effect of dietary plant extracts against growth and toxin production of Clostridium difficile in a simulated intestinal environment

Synthetic Antimicrobials

SA01 Developing new treatments for the blinding protozoan eye infection Acanthamoeba keratitis
SA02 Investigating the phenotypic and functional similarities between the protozoan Acanthamoeba and human macrophages
SA03 Investigating cell signalling and identifying therapeutic targets in Acanthamoeba spp.
SA04 Novel polymeric antimicrobial architectures for treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis through precision polymer synthesis
SA05 Recyclable macromolecular catalysts – towards sustainability and enzyme-like selectivity
SA06 Photoactive supramolecular polymers with photo-switchable hydrogen-bonding motifs: towards ocular drug delivery and self-healing materials

Laboratory Facilities

Laboratory work will be undertaken within our new science centre, the Rosalind Franklin Building, which houses a broad range of state-of-the-art research facilities. To find out more about the Rosalind Frankling Building Facilities and a virtual tool visit the building webpage.

About the University

The University of Wolverhampton is well known for the provision of high-quality education with an excellent graduate employment record and we are a significant strategic force in the educational, cultural and economic development of the West Midland region; recognised for world-leading research across all our areas.

All of our academic schools have areas of research strength, overseen by our established Research Institutes and Centres, many of which work closely with industry on large-scale projects. And in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), our efforts in research were recognised with a £2 million investment - testament to dedicated, hardworking staff, and a mark of the University’s constant drive for discovery and innovation.

What will the Project Cost?

Tuition Fees

The fees charged for our postgraduate research degrees depend on whether you are a home/EU student or an international student. Have a look at our Research Degrees Fees page for how much your programme will cost per year.

Research Support Fees

Research Support fees (sometimes called Bench fees) are a fee charged to provide funding to cover research-related items/activities which are essential in order to carry out the research. Research Support fees are an annual charge which will apply in addition to the tuition fee in each year of the programme, except the writing up year.

The amount of such charges will be agreed at the outset.