Ph.D. On Campus

Organisms and Environment

Cardiff University

36 months
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Organisms and Environment degree from Cardiff University, is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Biosciences research programmes (PhD, MPhil, MD).


The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level. 

Organisms and Environment degree from Cardiff University aim is to understand the ecological, health and genetic consequences of environmental change on biological diversity. Our approach is to focus on processes and prediction, combining ecological, experimental and molecular approaches, in contrasting groups of organisms. 

All the major groups are studied, including animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Distinctive features

Seminar Programme: The Organisms and Environment Division has an active seminar programme to enable postgraduate students to meet top international researchers and also present their own research

Programme Structure

The spectrum of research activities include:

  • Microbial and soil ecology
  • Endangered Species research
  • Genomics, metagenomics, population and environmental genetics of plants, animals and microbes
  • Ecotoxicology in aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • Community ecology including pest management
  • Interactions between organisms and their food resources
  • Behavioural and evolutionary ecology
  • Chemical ecology and waste management
  • Population dynamics in freshwater and terrestrial systems
  • Predator-prey and host-parasite interactions
  • Epidemiology and pathogenesis, including medically important bacteria

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are asked to hand in a research proposal alongside their application.
  • If you are applying for an advertised project, there is no requirement of submitting a research proposal – instead please submit a statement of support.
  • Note: Students must submit evidence of funding wherever possible, especially when funded by external sponsors.
  • Suitable for graduates in biological and related sciences, including anatomy, physiology and pathology, aural and oral sciences, biomedical sciences, biology, chemistry, computer science and informatics, forensic science, genetics, medicine, neuroscience, optometry and vision sciences, mathematics and statistics, pharmacology, psychology, sport sciences and zoology.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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