Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Exeter · Biosciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

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

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The university provides state-of-the-art facilities for all students in Cornwall and Exeter. These include next-generation DNA sequencing and proteomics facilities and an enhanced bioimaging suite in Exeter, and research laboratories, greenhouses, aviary and controlled environment rooms in Cornwall.

The Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Biosciences in Cornwall, shares the campus with the University’s £30 million Environment and Sustainability Institute which is leading the way in cutting-edge environmental research. The research groups based at the Cornwall Campus are; Behaviour; Ecology and Conservation and Evolution

The Exeter Biocatalysis Centre is a multidisciplinary centre that has been established to study the structure, mechanism and commercial application of enzymes - 'Natures Catalysts'. The research groups based in Exeter are; Cellular and Chemical Biology; Environmental Biology and Microbes and Disease

The Department also has research strength on Biodiversity and Renewable Energy, Human Biological and Cultural Evolution and have established a Wildlife Research Co-Operative

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community. Details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support can be found at

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website for details
International students
Please see our website for details

The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research team
+ 44 (0)1392 723310