Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Natural and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK/EC university, or equivalent qualification, is normally required in a relevant subject area. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Research areas

Ecology and environment

Biotic responses to climate change; impacts of non-native species; biogeography; environmental biology; conservation ecology. Recent research projects include: examining the potential positive impacts of non-native species; modelling the effects of climate change on bird distribution; investigating the prevalence of parasites in the Skomer Vole.

Biology of taxonomic group

Social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; equine biology. Recent research projects include the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of puffinosis in seabirds.


Disease biology in birds and mammals; nematodes and parasites; microbial ecology. Recent research projects include: the bacterial communities of penguin feathers; microbial populations in bird next boxes and their effect on breeding success; fungi in solitary bee nests.

Pedagogic research

Effective teaching and learning; use of new technologies in teaching; field work in biosciences; students as researchers. One member of the team is a National Teaching Fellow. Recent research projects include: the importance of field courses in pastoral care; the use of web-based video to prime students prior to field courses.

Citizen science and public engagement

The use of volunteer ‘citizen science’ data in ecology and zoology; the public understanding of science. Recent research projects include: a nationwide flying ant survey to map distribution and timing; investigating the accuracy of the public in recording animal behaviour; modelling the use of rewards to improve volunteer data collection.

See also Research opportunities in Geography and Environmental Sciences, Countryside and Community.

All research students who have not already completed a relevant Master’s degree, or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

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