Biology

PhD, MPhil

Department of Genetics and Genome Biology offers supervision for the degrees of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - full-time and part-time
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - full-time and part-time

Supervision and research areas

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in the areas of Genetics and Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour which are compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Biodiversity
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Plant Cell and Molecular Genetics
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour

Interested in a different research area?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements.

How to apply

Please refer to Genetics and Genome Biology.

Fees and funding

Please refer to Genetics and Genome Biology.

PhD description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 50,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

PhDs Explained