Ph.D. On Campus

Structural Biophysics

Cardiff University

36 months
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Structural Biophysics degree from Cardiff University, is a research area in which you can focus your studies within our PhD programme in Vision Sciences.


Distinctive features of the Structural Biophysics degree from Cardiff University

  • International centre of excellence for structural and biophysical studies of the cornea and lens and their components, including collagen and fibrillin.
  • Responsible for a number of discoveries that have had an impact in both the scientific and the lay communities, receiving press and TV coverage.
  • Supported by grants from the MRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society and several other industrial and charitable sources.


A PhD by research at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences is based around a specific, well-defined research topic. 

All students have regular meetings with their supervisory team, as well as an advisor who is not directly involved with the project, and is able to objectively monitor the progress of the research, and to provide independent guidance.

 In addition to the core research topic, the School provides a diverse programme of transferrable skills training, which complements the Doctoral Academy Programme.

Programme Structure

Research themes

  • Understanding corneal transparency and the structural causes of its loss
  • The role of proteoglycans in the development of corneal transparency
  • The ultrastructure of the cornea and limbus in relation to corneal shape and function
  • Collagen and fibrillin in ocular tissues
  • Structure function relationships in zonular filaments
  • Extraocular muscles
  • Ultrastructural changes in pathological corneas
  • Ageing and glycation in ocular tissues
  • Structure, transparency and ageing of the lens
  • Wound healing following ocular surgery

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Exam results (copies of original certificates or transcripts and English translations, if necessary, to prove you have the qualifications listed on your application form)
  • References: some programmes require one or two references (usually at least one from a recent lecturer or professor) – you can ask your referee to download and fill out our Referee report form or obtain a signed and dated reference on headed paper
  • Personal statement (some programmes require a specific personal statement, so check the entry requirements for your programme)
  • Research proposal (for research students who are not applying for listed projects)
  • English Language certificates (for applicants whose first language is not English) 
  • A First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, master's degree, or equivalent is required.

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees status is determined during the processing of applications, so we are unable to confirm this in advance or advise on fees status decisions.

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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