Research course

Evolutionary Biology

Institution
The University of Manchester · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We normally expect students to have a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree or international equivalent, in a relevant science discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September, June, April

Course content

Understanding the evolution of life on Earth is a fundamental research challenge and of central importance for most areas of the environmental sciences. The principles of evolutionary biology allow us to understand biodiversity, disease outbreaks and competition of invasive species. Research in evolutionary biology employs a range of theoretical, computational and experimental approaches to understand and predict the structure and behaviour of biological systems.

A particular focus is on metabolic responses to environmental change, the role of genetic mutations in microevolutionary processes and the impacts of natural and sexual selection on the morphology and behaviour of organisms. Our research involves evolutionary genetics and genomics, phyologenetics, molecular and genome evolution, organismal and behavioural evolution, and population genetics.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Email
pgr-earth-sci@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)161 275 0776