Postgraduate study

The School of Biological Sciences has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. We offer a range of PhD and Masters by Research programmes at the cutting edge of research.

Our programmes

  • PhD/MSc by Research Biological Sciences

    Cutting-edge research across a uniquely broad range of biological disciplines, from genomics, biotechnology, and cell biology, through sensory biology, animal behaviour and evolution, to population biology, host-disease interactions and ecosystem services.
    MSc: 1 year full-time. PhD: 3 years full-time. Part time equivalents available.

  • MSc Palaeobiology

    Advanced coverage of quantitative aspects of the fossil record and the history of life. The programme bridges the biology-geology divide, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in museums, libraries, management, or the media.
    1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time

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Studentship opportunities

  • GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

    An innovative programme designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental sciences in one of three interdisciplinary research themes: Solid Earth, Living World, Changing Planet.
    42-48 months

  • South West Biosciences DTP

    Fully-funded training in cutting-edge bioscience and food security research skills, with a thorough training in numerical and systems based approaches. 
    4 years full-time

  • PhD - Complexity Sciences

    Interdisciplinary research across engineering, social, life and molecular science - focusing on the development of innovative mathematical methodology, tools and concepts which can be applied and tested on real-world problems. 
    3 years full-time

  • PhD - Synthetic Biology

    Combining the fundamental understanding of biological systems with the principles of engineering, to create the next generation of industrial and academic leaders in the nascent field of Synthetic Biology
    4 years full-time

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