Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Exeter · Biosciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants will typically hold (or be expected to attain) a First Class or Upper Second Class degree in biology or a related subject (or equivalent qualifications from other countries).

Learn more at the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Successfully completing an MPhil or PhD entails undertaking an in-depth study of a particular topic and making an original contribution to knowledge in the field. Our MPhil/PhD students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of all research activities within Biosciences at the University of Exeter.

We are a rapidly expanding centre for Biosciences research and engage in a wide variety research. A diverse range of topics are studied by our students, who work at sites around the UK (from Scotland to Cornwall) and around the world (from South Africa, to Gabon, the Cayman Islands, to Cyprus, and Australia, to the Arctic).

This course can be studied at one of the two campuses -

Department specialisms

Cellular and Chemical Biology; Environmental Biology; Microbes and Disease Behaviour; Ecology and Conservation; Evolution; Biodiversity and Renewable Energy

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time)
International students
£23,000 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1392 725150