The standard entry requirement is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by appropriate relevant experience, may be acceptable.
Months of entry
January, April, July, September
Course contentAnimal Biology has a strong integrative research theme combining whole animal physiology with in vitro studies using molecular, cellular and systems approaches. Experimental systems range from simple invertebrates to mammals and address a diversity of biological questions including:
Biological Clocks in the Regulation of Reproduction & Metabolism
Regulation of Appetite & Body Weight
Evolutionary Genetics & Sexual Dimorphism
The MPhil is a one-year research degree where students get the opportunity to study a specific research project. The MPhil degree can act as a stand-alone degree for applicants who would like to gain experience in a specific area, or can be linked to a PhD programme. Rather than register on a direct entry 3 or 4 year PhD, some postgraduates may first register on a one-year MPhil programme. Subsequently students may then wish to transfer on to a full PhD programme with a further 2 or 3 years of study.
PhD programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3 or 4 years, working with a specific academic supervisor (principle investigators). Applicants are specifically matched with a principle investigator based on their research interests and background.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS, 577 TOEFL (paper), 233 TOEFL (computer), 90 TOEFL (internet).
Fees and fundingPhD funding is offered annually via Research Council studentships, and several studentships are available from charities, internal funds and some industrial sponsored awards. The eligibility criteria and level of the awards are subject to change so please check the Faculty of Life Sciences website for current information.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Faculty of Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Office
- +44 (0) 161 275 5608
- +44 (0) 161 275 5657