Research course


University of Birmingham · School of Biosciences
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

At least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent, or a postgraduate Masters, in a relevant subject

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students at the School are members of the Biosciences Graduate Research School, and receive training in many generic and transferable skills in addition to those that are specific to their research discipline. We give special emphasis to postgraduate student research training, including regular monitoring of progress and the provision of an induction programme and short courses in core and specialised techniques. There is a postgraduate seminar programme at which students present their work and all students are strongly encouraged to participate at national and international meetings. The School also provides each PhD student financial support to become a student member of a learned Society of their choice.

The four school research themes are:

  • BioSystems and Environmental Change
  • Institute of Microbiology and Infection
  • Molecular Cell Biology and Signalling
  • Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£17,910 FT

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005