Research course

Organisms and Environment

Cardiff University · School of Biosciences

Entry requirements

1st or Upper 2nd class UK honours degree or equivalent. MSc/MPhil for PhD Programme.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level. Our aim is to understand the ecological, health and genetic consequences of environmental change on biological diversity. Our approach is to focus on processes and prediction, combining ecological, experimental and molecular approaches, in contrasting groups of organisms. All the major groups are studied, including animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Research areas are broadly divided into three areas:

  1. Genomes, Diversity and Adaptation
  2. Individuals, Ecosystems and GlobalChange
  3. Microbes, Infection and Communities

PhD projects tend to be multidisciplinary in nature, and range from field ecology to experimental microbiology to population genomics. The group has a field centre in Sabah, Malaysia and O&E faculty are also responsible for maintaining the School’s Molecular Biology and Analytical support facilities. In this large and lively research division, many projects are run in collaboration with Universities and Research Institutes elsewhere in the UK and abroad, as well as with other departments (such as Earth and Ocean Sciences, Social Sciences, City and Regional Planning) within the University.

Further information on researchers and facilities within O&E is available on the School's website.

More information about research expertise and entry requirements can be found on our website.

Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Fees and funding

The majority of our postgraduate places are externally funded by Research Councils, Trusts and Charities, the European Union and Industry. The School also sponsors a select number of part-funded research projects each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
24-36 months


part time
60 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Swapna Khandavalli
+44 (0)29 2087 5243
+44 (0)29 2087 5211