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, September, April
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
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, or for those who have not recently studied in the United Kingdom, you must supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test. Please note IELTS and TOEFL are only valid for two years.
We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL iBT 90. For the writing component, we expect that you have achieved a minimum of 6.0 (IELTS) or 21-23 (iBT). For each of the other components of the English test you should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5, TOEFL iBT 18.
For more information about English language tests see English language requirements.
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements, including English language, see entry requirements from your country .
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
- +44 (0)161 275 5608