Research course

Biological Sciences

University of East Anglia · School of Biological Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MA by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The current research themes for supervisions in biological sciences are:

  • Cells and tissues.
  • Molecules and pathways.
  • Organisms and the environment.
  • Plant sciences.
  • Synthetic biology.

As part of the Norwich Research Park, which includes the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Institute of Food Research and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust, the School of Biological Sciences offers an outstanding environment in which to carry out research across the whole of the life sciences.

Currently the Norwich Research Park houses over 300 research postgraduates in the life sciences. Research in the School is supported by grants and contracts of ca £34 million and the School's laboratories most of which have recently been refurbished are equipped to the highest standards. We have strong collaborations with our other affiliated institutes which include the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

Research in the school is organised into four general themes: cells and tissues, molecules and pathways, plant sciences and organisms and the environment. We offer a range of postgraduate research courses which will enable you to follow your interests to a high academic standard.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Fees and funding

Studentships may be available for exceptional candidates. Please see for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709