Research course

Evolutionary Biology

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should have some research experience and be able to demonstrate that you have a good understanding of the field you propose to study.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

As a research student at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology you will join the UK’s largest and most dynamic community of researchers in the field.

With about 30 research groups, which includes about 50 PhD students, you’ll benefit from a busy programme of seminars, journal clubs and other research-led activities and will be encouraged to publish your findings. You’ll also take part in student-led courses and talks.

We have an enviable record in academic career success. Our institute reflects the School-wide figure of 84 per cent for students achieving academic posts after they complete their PhD.

We go beyond the study of animal behaviour to focus on the underpinnings of the science of evolution, down to the level of DNA, to look at just how organisms fundamentally develop as a result of natural selection.

Our current research falls under three broad themes:

  • evolutionary and quantitative genetics
  • evolutionary ecology and behaviour
  • biodiversity and ecology

Researchers are working on everything from viral evolution and host-parasite co-evolution to natural selection in the wild and plant conservation genetics.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
Email
gradbiol@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)131 650 5455