Research course

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Durham University · School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the PhD include a 2.1 or equivalent degree, or an MSc, in a relevant subject area; entry requirements for MSc include a 2.1 or equivalent degree in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Biosciences is composed of 51 academic staff and research fellows with research and teaching interests that span the broad spectrum of the Biosciences. The Department studies biology from the smallest to the largest scales; from the structures and functions of biological molecules, through to cells, tissues and organisms and to the entire global ecosystem. The interests of academic staff include all types of living organisms, from bacteria, through the plant and animal kingdoms, to human health and disease. The Department also has strong interdisciplinary links with the physical and social sciences. With excellent facilities for carrying out both teaching and research, we offer high quality undergraduate teaching programmes, and a supportive environment for research staff and postgraduate students.

Active research groups in areas of plant molecular biology, ecology (plant and animal) and animal cell biology.

Department specialisms

Plant Molecular Biology; Ecology; Animal Cell Biology.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Research Council studentships quota allocations (BBSRC, NERC); Studentships obtained by individual supervisors, various sources.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
(0)191 334 1200