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Life Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #62 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
The Life Sciences PhD at the University of Warwick is based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. 
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At the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Life Sciences, the School is home to internationally recognised research scientists and high quality facilities, allowing you to work in a high quality research-focused environment.

The School has strong links with research institutions, business, and industry, both in the UK and overseas, working to develop innovative and exciting areas of research and technology. 

Research is interdisciplinary at the University of Warwick and ranges from laboratory-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and biomedicine.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 or 4 years full time

    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Examples of PhD projects in the School of Life Sciences include:

  • 3D Cryo-electron microscopy studies of Tat complexes
  • Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry - Ambient Ionisation Techniques
  • Interactions between river bed morphology, water chemistry and microbial diversity and its impact on pollutant
  • Biogeochemical Cycling of climatically relevant oxygenated volatile organic compounds e.g.methanol.
  • Exploring local adaptation to climatic variables in global accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Investigations into mastitis in ewes: development of a prevention and treatment plan
  • The function of extensive structured RNA in the evasion of host anti-virus responses
  • Environmental Epigenetic Memory in Plants
  • Analysis of the protein interaction network of the Arabidopsis circadian clock

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission for a PhD requires candidates to normally have obtained at least an upper second class UK honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in a scientific or another appropriate discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22860 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22860 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4347 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4347 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Part Time fees: 

  • EU/EEA:  £2,608
  • NON-EU/EEA: £13,716

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) The MIBTP is a BBSRC-funded doctoral training partnership between the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester. The MIBTP has an ambitious vision to deliver innovative, world class research across the Life Sciences to boost the growing Bioeconomy in the Midlands and across the UK.PhD Studentship projects will be focussed in vital research areas such as food security, bio-energy and industrial biotechnology, as well as using interdisciplinary and quantitative approaches to biology.Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply: those with creative drive in both theoretical disciplines (for example, maths, computer science, statistics) as well as experimental science (for example, biology, biomedicine, chemistry, biotechnology).MRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP) Supervised by internationally leading experts from Warwick Medical School and the School of Life Sciences, this four year PhD programme brings together cutting-edge imaging technology with innovative data analysis to address a range of biomedical research questions in Cellular Dynamics, Neurobiology and Infection. The aim of this programme is to provide tomorrow's research leaders with the quantitative imaging skills that will lead them to a better understanding of human disease and to the design of new diagnostics and therapies. Students from a wide diversity of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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