The Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences is the focus for basic cellular and molecular biology research in Newcastle. Our research is well funded and highly regarded. 

Our mission is to understand the complex steps that lead from genotype to phenotype through the integration of traditional disciplines within cell and molecular biosciences as well as chemistry, biophysics and eukaryotic-microbial models.

Numerous successful spin-off companies have been created by our staff as a result of their research. This is testimony to our intellectual and innovative capacity and ability to translate basic biological research into the industrial bioscience setting.

Some of our spin-off companies, including Arrow Therapeutics (recently acquired by AstraZeneca), Demuris Ltd and Orla Protein Technologies, provide part funding for PhD studentships, allowing our students to obtain valuable training and work experience in a modern industrial biotechnology setting.


Our facilities include: 

• ray crystallography
• a wide range of bioimaging technologies
• designated office space for postgraduate students

Your Study Experience

• Approximately 90 postgraduate students based in the Institute studying for MRes/PhD, or a PhD at any time.
• Multidisciplinary research portfolio means you will work alongside students from a range of subject backgrounds
• As a postgraduate student, you will join one of our established research groups and work alongside postdoctoral researchers, senior PhD students and staff.


Newcastle is the lead university for a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), offering training in world-class bioscience, basic bioscience underpinning health (with an emphasis of lifelong health and wellbeing), food security and industrial biotechnology and bioenergy. The BBSRC DTP provides funding for up to 30 MRes/PhD students per year. 

Taught Programmes

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Research Degrees

Research  students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes  which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.


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