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Example Dissertation Titles

Major subjects


What is quorum sensing and how can it be targeted for antimicrobial infections?

Are tumours addicted to oncogene activity?

An insight into cation-pi interactions involved in structure and signalling in the plasma membrane.

Manipulating pre-mrna splicing as a theraputic strategy

The role of cation-pi interactions in transmembrane signalling proteins


How can genomic data be used to understand cancer evolution and to assist with cancer therapy?

Telomeropathies: consider the contribution of telomere maintenance mechanisms to inherited genetic disease

Discuss the origin and biological significance of horizontal gene transfer in higher plants

Can we assign a function to 80% of the DNA in the human genome?

Why do endosymbiotic bacteria have small genomes?


The pathogenesis of Guillain-Barré syndrome: What is the evidence for molecular mimicry?

The role of T suppressor cells in inflammatory Rheumatoid Arthritis

New insights into the molecular basis of hereditary haemochromatosis

T -cells in the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Does repeated exposure to malaria infection influence subsequent risk of morbidity?

What is the role of EBV in the pathogenesis of endemic Burkitt's Lymphoma?

Role of endothelial damage in diabetic nephropathy

Stem Cell Niches

The influence of sex hormones on the pathogenesis of SLE

Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer

The role of the A-beta protein in the pathogenesis of Alzheimers Disease

Why might 'Dracunculus medinesis' become the first human parasite to be eradicated

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - What is its pathophysiology

Does molecular mimicy account for the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis

Immunological memory : T Cell subsets and their functions


The phosphoinositide pathway and cancer

Discuss the uses and mechanisms of action of SSRIs

Mechanisms underlying cocaine abuse and addiction

Corticotrophin-releasing factor system as a potential target to treat affective disorders

Ion channel pathophysiology

Pharmacological advances in the treatment of chronic wounds


Tics in Tourette Synrome: Investigating the role of cognition and volition

Pharmacotherapy versus cognitive therapy in depression

Are animals capable of mental time travel?

The nature and treatment of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia

Is evil innate?

Psychopharmacology versus cognitive therapy in depression

The concept of core cognitive deficit in schizophrenia

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Metabolic and circulatory adaptations enabling enhanced muscle growth in body builders

Glucocorticoids and the treatment of infant respiratory distress syndrome

The role of NGF in CNS injury

The neurobiology of placebo analgesia

Prenatal and postnatal consequences of nephron deficit

The relation of Guyton's model of the circulation to our understanding of cardiac failure

The role of thyroid hormones in fetal maturation of the CNS

The role of maternal diet in determining future susceptibility to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome

Tympanic hearing in terrestrial vertebrates

Hypothyroidism: its long and short term effects on the fetus

The physiological risks of ultra-endurance events

Astrocytes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - friend or foe?

Targeting sleep for cognitive enhancement: a dream or reality?

How close are we to a treatment for spinal cord injury?


Does reciprocal altruism really occur in animals?

Mother infant relationships form the bedrock of all mammalian social behaviour

Are there genes for behaviour?

Hardwired or not? The role of neural activity in nervous system development.

What evidence indicates a co-evolution of insectivore bats and moths?

Is diversity the spice of life? Exploring the relationship between nature, biodiversity and psychological well-being


Minor subjects


Transcriptional signature matching strategies in computational drug discovery and repositioning

History and Philosophy of Science

The ethics of enhancing human traits

Woman and medicine in early modern Europe

The history of the localisation of brain function, including the use of Fmri

Prenatal screening for spina bifida: ethical considerations

The ethics of global research funding

Human, Social and Political Sciences

Investigating the Validity of the Endurance Running Hypothesis

The Dual Perspectives of Service Users and Staff of Health & Social Care Provision to Homeless People with Problematic Substance Use in Manchester

Medicine, Ethics and Law

The ethics of saviour siblings

The withdrawal or witholding of life-prolonging treatment

Voluntary euthanasia: the ethical arguments

The ethical problems associated with stem cell research

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

A Biopsychosocial Model of Gender Identity and Dysphoria

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