Biology, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #175 (WUR) ,
We invite proposals for MPhil and PhD research projects in our three main research areas of biodiversity and conservation, agri-environment, and microbiology. Our Biology PhD students play a very important role in our active research portfolio.

About

  • We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise in these areas of biology:

    Ecology and conservation:

    Our Ecology and Conservation Research Group works to understand patterns observed in nature - species and habitats. This often includes anthropogenic effects.

    We collaborate with a variety of organisations concerned with species and habitat conservation, including statutory responsibility. We work with research partners and conservation practitioners from the UK and across the globe.s and clinical pharmacy.

Our research covers:

  • genetics
  • conservation
  • human-wildlife interactions
  • ecology
Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling:

The Biological, clinical and environmental systems modelling group focuses on analysing the structure and dynamics of complex biological and clinical systems. We have a specific interest in investigating spatially and temporally heterogeneous processes in biology. We are driven by practical problem solving through the use of modelling.

Applied and Environmental Biology:

We conduct research on organisms and processes of commercial and environmental importance. Our experimental approaches include:

  • genomics
  • molecular biology
  • biochemistry
  • physiology

Some examples of the commercial applications we develop include:

  • natural products discovery
  • creation of novel antimicrobials and biopesticides
  • sustainable methods of reducing food spoilage
  • microbes involved in biofuel production
  • uses of microbes in bioremediation of polluted environments

Learn more about the Applied and Environmental Biology group.

You can find more information about staff specialisms on the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences website.

We invite you to propose your own research topic, or you can follow one of the projects suggested on the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences website. If you wish to develop your own research topic, you are recommended to contact a potential supervisor at the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences to develop your ideas, before submitting your formal application via the Applicant Portal.

You will benefit from two supervisors from our research community. You are encouraged to present your research results at our annual Postgraduate conference. You'll also benefit from training in a wide range of transferable skills, such as statistics and web design, through the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) Graduate School.

Industry:

The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has good contacts with industry and hosts seminars and workshops, some of which are attended by visiting professors from industry. Biology students have the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences and to supplement their income by undertaking undergraduate laboratory demonstrating. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    There is no application closing date but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

    We suggest international students apply at least two months beforehand.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme, doctoral training centres and Research Student Support Team.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or master's degree in a related subject, or international equivalent.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course.

Tuition Fee

Funding

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