Ph.D. On Campus

Evolutionary Biology

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
24700 GBP/year
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The Evolutionary Biology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will help you will join the UK’s largest and most dynamic community of researchers in the field.


With about 30 research groups, which includes about 50 PhD students, you’ll benefit from a busy  Evolutionary Biology programme offered by The University of Edinburgh of seminars, journal clubs and other research-led activities and will be encouraged to publish your findings. You’ll also take part in student-led courses and talks.

We have an enviable record in academic career success. Our institute reflects the School-wide figure of 84 per cent for students achieving academic posts after they complete their PhD.

We go beyond the study of animal behaviour to focus on the underpinnings of the science of evolution, down to the level of DNA, to look at just how organisms fundamentally develop as a result of natural selection.


Topping our list of impressive research tools is the GenePool, one of the UK’s biggest and best university-based genomics facilities. Attracting visiting researchers from all over the UK and internationally, this next-generation facility opens up new ways of creating research data.

If your study involves bioinformatics, the Ashworth Bioinformatics Support Service provides a vital link with the expertise and facilities on offer through our world-leading School of Informatics.

Programme Structure

Our current research falls under three broad themes:

  • evolutionary and quantitative genetics
  • evolutionary ecology and behaviour
  • biodiversity and ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. 
  • You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24700 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Home fees have still to be agreed.

PT fee per year

  • INT: £12,350

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 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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