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

As a postgraduate student, you’ll be an important part of our research intensive university, contributing to the intellectual vitality and vibrancy of our institution as you learn, grow and develop. You’ll benefit from our collaborative research ethos across the wide-ranging disciplines of the biosciences. Our School of Biological Sciences contains a dynamic research community with expertise that covers the full spectrum of biology.

Our various postgraduate research programmes are organised around four areas of research.

Organisms and the Environment - Discover an array of plant and animal systems, in the field and the laboratory, to gain an integrated understanding of adaptation and ecology at the molecular, organismal, population and community levels. By studying questions in evolutionary biology, ecology and conservation, we address both fundamental issues and societal priorities, such as the preservation of biodiversity and essential ecosystem services.

Cells and Tissues - Focus on how cells, tissues and whole organisms develop and work. We have strengths in cell and developmental biology and use modern research facilities to investigate fundamental questions important in health and disease, using for example the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, the gut, the eye and cancer models.

Molecular Microbiology - Address the fundamental aspects of microbiology and microbial biochemistry. Microbes are the most successful organisms on Earth and they are the driving force in the evolution, development and success of multicellular organisms. Our research addresses big questions in microbiology from the effect of microbial communities on host fitness and reproduction to mechanisms of bacterial infection and their role in driving the global sulphur and nitrogen cycles.

Plant Sciences - Study different aspects of plant molecular biology including biochemistry, gene expression regulation by small RNAs, flower development, modelling of cell polarity and disease resistance. We make fundamental discoveries and translate them to cultivated crops to increase nutrient level, yield and resistance against pathogens. The research theme includes The Sainsbury Laboratory, which is based in a separate facility on the Norwich Research Park.

Whichever path you choose, you will benefit from genuine research-led teaching, as well as partnerships with colleagues in other Schools within UEA and affiliated organisations within the Norwich Research Park.

More information on our research and current research opportunities.

Useful links:

Norwich Bioscience Institute

Rotation PhD Programme in Plant and Microbial Sciences

Plant sciences

Information for international students

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

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