Research course

Biological Sciences

Institution
University of Gloucestershire · School of Natural and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhDMPhilMSc by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

  • MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. Option to upgrade to a PhD
  • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

The university offers a broad range of research opportunities in biological sciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in both field and laboratory settings. Projects generally use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, providing excellent training and preparation for future careers.

Typical research areas

  • Ecology and environment - the university offers a broad range of research opportunities in biological sciences, encompassing theoretical and experimental science in both field and laboratory settings. Projects generally use a range of field, laboratory and analytical methods, providing excellent training and preparation for future careers.
  • Biology of taxonomic group - social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; mammalian biology (including equine). Recent research projects include: the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of disease in seabirds.
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology - social insect behaviour and evolution; avian biology; mammalian biology (including equine). Recent research projects include: the thermal biology of leafcutting ants; the effect of worming treatments on horses; the incidence of disease in seabirds.
  • 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: nationwide flying ant survey to map distribution of swarms; documentation of occurrence of house spiders through “spider in da house” app; and an international survey of starling murmuration behaviour (all in collaboration with the Royal Society of Biology); the accuracy of the public in recording animal behaviour (in collaboration with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust).

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

This research contributes to the research priority area Environmental Dynamics and Governance.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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Enquiries
Email
enquiries@glos.ac.uk
Phone
03330 141414