Biological Sciences (PhD/MPhil), Ph. D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Established in 1884, Bangor University combines traditional academic excellence with cutting-edge research and equipment, and ranks in the top 40 in the UK for research.


Bangor University’s research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities. Over half of Bangor’s academic Schools have been ranked in the UK top 20 for quality of research.

Bangor is at the heart of the region’s transport network, with quick road and rail links taking you across to Liverpool and Manchester in just 90 minutes. Bangor’s location on the London to Holyhead main line means that the regular ferry service from Holyhead Port to Dublin is just 20 minutes away, while a direct train will take you to the centre of London in little over 3 hours.

Bangor University is top in Wales in the most recent measure of student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2014), and is in the top 10 of the UK’s best non-specialist universities, the traditional institutions who offer a broad range of subjects.

The University is made up of five Colleges housing twenty-twoacademic Schools, as well as over fifty specialist research centres, enabling the provision of over 150 postgraduate courses spanning the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

We believe strongly in supporting the academic development of our postgraduates. Our Early Researcher Development Programme (ERDP) provides training and workshops that will help you develop and maintain the key research, vocational and entrepreneurial skills necessary to meet the demands of your future career.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Areas
Animal Physiology and Behaviour with specialisations in:
  • Crustacean neuroendocrinology, growth, reproduction
  • Environmental physiology of aquatic organisms
  • Fish Behaviour
  • Integrative behavioural physiology/energetics
  • Marine mammals/conservation genetics
Cellular and Molecular with specialisations in:
  • Cancer Research
  • Cell Biology
  • DNA damage checkpoints
  • DNA repair Endothelial development
  • Entomology Eukaryote chromosome dynamics/repair
  • Eukaryotic cell control cycle
  • Forensic acarology
  • Human neural differentiation and cancer
  • Intracellular host-symbiont interactions
  • Mechanisms of mammalian signal transduction
  • Metabolic regulation
  • Metal-microbe interaction
  • Microbiology of extreme environments
  • Molecular medical/vetinary entomology
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Neurodegenerative genetics
  • Neuroscience
  • Reproductive parasites and pathogens of invertebrates
  • Vector biology
Ecology and Evolution with specialisations in:
  • Ancient DNA and long-term environmental change
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biofilms
  • Biogeochemistry of aquatic ecosystems
  • Conservation Genetics
  • Ecology of clonal animals
  • Ecophysiology of aquatic organisms
  • Effects of climate change
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Evolution of venomous snakes and venom
  • Evolutionary and population genetics
  • Evolutionary ecology and phylogeography
  • Fisheries Genetics
  • Geographic variation in lizards, snakes and amphibians
  • Molecular and evolutionary ecology
  • Molecular ecology and adaptation
  • Plant ecology
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Wetland ecology
Plant Systems and Technology with specialisations in:
  • Carbon partitioning
  • Physiology and genetics of abiotic stress resistance
  • Physiology of plant growth, cell wall proteins and genes
  • Plant genomics and metabolomics
  • Plant molecular biology
  • Plant physiology and carbon partitioning
  • Plant water relations
  • Plant-rhizosphere interactions
  • Single-cell transcriptomics and metabolomics
  • The biophysics of growth

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • An upper second class honours degree is required

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International


Several studentships are available. Sponsors include NERC, BBSRC, University of Wales

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