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This 4-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.

 



This 4-year programme is aimed at graduates with a strong interest in multi-disciplinary research. We invite applications from highly motivated students from a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, biomedical, veterinary, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines.



Please ensure that you read the Guidelines before submitting an application.

Your application and supporting documents should be sent in a single email to LIDo.Admissions@ucl.ac.uk
Your application must be complete, including both references, by the deadline of 11th January. To ensure sufficient time to contact your referees it is highly recommended that you submit your application a minimum of 1 week before this date.

Download the APPLICATION GUIDELINES here.

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Download BOTH sections of the Application Form here:
SECTION A
SECTION B
Or as a single APPLICATION FORM (ZIP FILE)

Students who wish to apply for an iCASE project (please see below), should also return the relevant form indicating their project preference.



Your application and supporting documents should be sent in a single email to LIDo.Admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Download the APPLICATION GUIDELINES here.

Download BOTH sections of the Application Form here:
SECTION A
SECTION B
Or as a single APPLICATION FORM (ZIP FILE)

  • Investigation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seafood products and risk of exposure to these by consumers in the UK
    Supervisor: Dr Ana Mateus, Royal Veterinary College

    A large amount of seafood consumed in the UK are imported from countries outside the EU, where the use of antibiotics is often poorly regulated. In the UK -similarly to other EU countries-, there is no national surveillance of AMR in seafood products; the extent of AMR in seafood is currently unknown. This could be a public health risk as seafood often is consumed undercooked or raw. This study aims to investigate the occurrence of ARGs in seafood and assess the risk of exposure of British consumers.
    Our objectives are:
    1. to determine the prevalence of ARGs at retail level
    2. to investigate the level of similarity between ARGs from seafood and human clinical isolates to generate hypothesis for potential AMR exposure of consumers through seafood
    3. to assess the persistence of ARGs from harvest until the moment of consumption.

    A systematic review will be conducted by the PhD candidate to explore ARGs isolated from seafood products in the food chain in different countries. A probabilistic sampling of a variety of domestic and imported seafood items at retail level will performed in the south of England. Fifty samples of each of seafood product (e.g., imported versus domestically produced, frozen versus fresh items, ‘ready-to-eat’ products of fish and shellfish) will be obtained at post-harvest level to estimate a prevalence of 50% of ARGs, with a precision of 14% and a 95% confidence level. Multiplex PCR will be used to investigate the presence of ARGs. Isolates will be catalogued and stored for further sequencing (i.e., WGS) if ARGs of public health interest are detected. Similarities between ARGs from seafood (and potentially other food sources) and human clinical isolates will be explored. Human isolates data will be obtained through publicly available foodborne disease surveillance data (i.e. Public Health England and/or European Food Safety Authority’s surveillance annual reports in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food) and Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) databases.
    This assessment will be used to generate hypothesis on potential exposure and burden of foodborne disease. Probabilistic models will be used to simulate the impact of conservation and preparation methods in the survival of bacterial strains and persistence of ARGs in seafood products from post-harvest onwards and likely exposure of British consumers. The findings of this project will help to inform the discussion of policy-makers regarding the potential food safety risks associated with AMR in seafood.


Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree or equivalent (for example BA, BSc, MSci) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Applicants must be confident using computers and show some evidence of numeracy (minimum GCSE mathematics or statistics or an equivalent or alternatively a university degree module with a good grade).

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programme. The required evidence may be one of the following:

  • Substantial education or work experience conducted in English
  • A recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result.Our preferred English language qualification is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Version and we require candidates to achieve the level of "GOOD".
  • Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests.

Candidates who are unsure if they meet the entry criteria should contact us before submitting an application.



Fully funded places include home (UK/EU) tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in the region of £16,777.

EU applicants must meet the UKRI Residency Criteria to be eligible for full funding. Candidates should refer to the The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 for more details

Applicants who are applying for DTP places but who are not eligible for fully funded BBSRC studentships may be eligible for fully funded (Home/EU Fees only) Institutional Studentships.

More details are available by contacting the programme administration.