Postgraduate Research in Biological Sciences
- Graduate School
We are a top tier, research-led university and are committed to making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. Our postgraduate researchers have opportunities to work at the heart of active research teams, challenging boundaries and making real advances.
Research in the School of Biological Science (BIO) addresses four overarching themes:
Staff research interests in Biological Sciences include:
- biomedicine, cancer biology, cardiovascular biology, molecular genetics, musculoskeletal biology, molecular pharmacology, developmental and stem cell biology
- biochemistry, physiology, ecology, cell and developmental biology, elemental cycle, environmental microbiology, discovery of novel antimicrobial agents
- biodiversity, conservation, behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary biology, macroecology, molecular ecology, and population biology
- Plant RNA biology, synthetic biology of plants and microbes
Below are some recent contributions from BIO postgraduate researchers.
- Causes and consequences of telomere lengthening in a wild vertebrate population
- Plastic male mating behaviour evolves in response to the competitive environment
- Salt stress signalling in Marchantia polymorpha
- An efficient miRNA knockout approach using CRISPR-Cas9 in Xenopus
- Fine-tuning by multiple microRNAs controls embryo myogenesis
- Cysteine controls flavin reduction during anoxic/oxic environmental transitions
- A day in the life of marine sulfonates
These examples highlight the diversity of postgraduate research in Biological Sciences. Would you like to join this vibrant research community? Working closely with an academic supervisor gives you the support to carry out your own independent research and make your own mark. We have a wealth of remarkable academics, but how do you know which team will be right for you?
Studentships are advertised on our school page (select Find a PhD in Bioloical Sciences), including for projects part of the ARIES DTP, MRC DTP, Norwich Research Park DTP, Centre for Doctoral Training and Doctoral Training Programmes and Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars Programme.
Alternatively, you can apply for a self-funded studentship. In your application you will need to nominate a supervisor. You should make contact with them to discuss the project before you apply, and they will supply a research project outline for your application or help you prepare one.
Find out more on the Biological Sciences web pages.
There are three research degrees available:
- PhD by Publication
- Master's by Research
Full- and part-time options are available.
Read more about each of these on our information pages.
The minimum academic requirement for entry to a doctoral degree is a UK upper second class undergraduate honours degree and a Master's degree, or equivalent.
The minimum academic requirement for Master's by Research is a UK lower second class undergraduate honours degree, or equivalent. Details of the PhD by Publication, including entry requirements, can be found on our information pages.
If English is not your first language or you are from a country that is not on the UKVI list of English speaking countries, you may be required to provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Further information on English language requirements can be found on our information pages.
The School of Biological Sciences accepts research students to start on 1 October, 1 February and 1 June.
Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding.