The standard entry requirement for MPhil study 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. The standard entry requirement for PhD study 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 a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.
Months of entry
January, April, July, September
Course contentEvolution is the key to understanding many questions in the life sciences. To comprehend the diversity of life on Earth, it is essential to know the evolutionary relations 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 evolutionary processes. Therefore, evolution is of central importance for most areas of the life sciences. Members of the Evolutionary Biology group are investigating a wide range of questions about evolutionary patterns and processes in microbes, plants and animals. Particular strengths are evolutionary genetics and genomics, the genetic architecture and evolution of complex traits, and evolutionary developmental biology. The breadth of research topics in the group is reflected in a diversity of techniques used and an extensive network of collaborations with other researchers within the Faculty of Life Sciences and throughout the world.
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
Applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.
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