Research course

Biological Sciences

Swansea University · Department of Biosciences

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a 2.1 degree or equivalent, or an appropriate Master’s degree with Merit.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Swansea is a research-led University and the Department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a postgraduate Biosciences student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

The Department is involved in several major research initiatives including:

  • The investment in the Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors (SEACAMS) – Project to expand the commercial marine sector in Wales by increasing collaborative research projects between business and universities
  • Algal Biotechnology for Wales Knowledge Transfer Centre – Based at CSAR provides businesses with advice on microalgal biotechnologies and access to industry-focussed research and technological development
  • EnAlgae – Energetic Algae aims to reduce the CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources in North West Europe
  • Ecojel – Managing the opportunities and detrimental impacts of jellyfish in the Irish Sea
  • LRCI Marine, Low Carbon Research Institute – A collaboration of all the leading academic marine institutions in Wales undertaking independent research to underpin the creation of a sustainable marine sector in Wales
  • The WISE programme (Welsh Institutes for Sustainable Environments) – Making the impact of their products and processes more environmentally sustainable

Current postgraduate research pathways include:

1) Behavioural and Movement Ecology

2) Evolutionary and Molecular Biology

3) Marine Biology, Fisheries and Aquaculture

4) Mathematical and Statistical Ecology

5) Population and Community Ecology

6) Whole Organism Biology

7) Wildlife Diseases and Pest Control

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Biosciences Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1792 295720