Research course

IBERS - Biological Sciences

Aberystwyth University · Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2:1 honours degree is required to study for a PhD or a MPhil.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The institute benefits from extensive contact with other research institutions in the Aberystwyth area, in particular the BBSRC Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, the Welsh Institute of Rural Studies and the Veterinary Research Centre. It also has contacts with research groups throughout the UK, Europe and North America.

IBERS provides an intellectual environment in which researchers can share and explore ideas across traditional agricultural, grassland, rural, environmental and biological science disciplines, and work in multidisciplinary teams that draw upon the wide range of life science and social science expertise in Aberystwyth University.

IBERS carries out high quality, novel internationally important science in plant, animal and microbial sciences, agriculture, cell biology and physiology, genomics parasitology, ecology, plant and animal breeding/reproduction, social sciences and evolutionary processes together with integrating expertise to enable holistic and systems approaches.

The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) have shown IBERS to be a major and developing force in research within its field.

Department specialisms

Algal and Plant Biochemistry; Biotransformation and Biodegradation; Epithelial Function and Development; Medicinal Chemistry; Organic Photochromic Compounds; Protein Trafficking.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Top 10 universities in the UK for research intensity

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Mrs Michelle Allen
+44 (0)1970 622315