Research course


University of Bath · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

We normally require a student to have a first or upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

We are renowned for our broad range of world-leading and internationally excellent research on animals, plants and microorganisms.

The research areas covered by this programme are:

You will benefit from working with academics and their groups operating at the cutting-edge of their discipline – you will quickly become an expert yourself and learn how to become an independent researcher capable of designing and carrying out your own research. In addition you will learn how to work in teams, gain technical expertise, develop your skills of critical analysis and learn how to present scientific data in an accessible form through writing and oral presentation within the department and at conferences.

You will also have fun through your research and the vibrant postgraduate culture that exists in our department and will be encouraged to share your enthusiasm for your discoveries.

Most of our PhD students go straight into careers as postdoctoral scientists in academic institutions, research institutes, industry and healthcare. Others have entered a diverse range of careers from scientific writing/journalism, teaching, management and business/finance.

Find out what our research graduates go on to do

The Department is also home to a world-leading centre for evolutionary research, the Milner Centre for Evolution.

The outstanding quality of our research is reflected in the level of external funding from the UK Research Councils, medical charities, European Union and Industry as well as publications in the top international journals (Nature, Science, PNAS and PLoS Biology).

Information for international students

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Find out about funding opportunities at the University of Bath.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Doctoral Admissions