Research course

Evolutionary Biology

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Evolutionary Biology programme enables you to undertake a research project at the cutting-edge of the field using different experimental, field, molecular, genomics, epigenomics and bioinformatics technologies. that will improve understanding of Evolutionary Biology.

Evolution is the key to understanding fundamentalmany questions in the life sciences. To comprehend the diversity of life on earth, it is essential to know the evolutionary link between organisms and the processes by which new traits originate and are maintained.

In the biomedical sciences, comparisons of model organisms to humans, emergence of antibiotic resistance, or the identification of pathogen strains from molecular information all concern involve evolutionary processes. Therefore, evolution is of central importance forto most areas of the life sciences.

Research in evolutionary biology covers a wide range of questions about evolutionary patterns and processes in microbes, plants and animals. Particular faculty strengths are evolutionary genetics and genomics, phyologenetics, behavioural ecology and evolutionary developmental biology.

The breadth of research topics is reflected in a diversity of state of the art techniques used, such as genome sequencing, epigenomics and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, but also field, bioinformatics and transcriptomics research, mathematical modelling.

Examples of areas of investigation include:

  • Evolution of shapes and morphometrics;
  • Molecular and genome evolution;
  • Evolution of networks;
  • Organismal and behavioural evolution;
  • Phenotypic plasticity plasticity and epigenetics.
  • Theoretical biology and evolution of mating strategies

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • 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

Name
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Email
pgresearch.lifesciences@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 5608