Entry requirements

PhD and MPhil applicants must hold one of the following:

  • a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours
  • an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution

The undergraduate qualification should normally be in a subject relevant to the subject of the PhD/MPhil.

Research degrees are demanding and intensive programmes. To succeed at this level, applicants must be highly motivated, be able to work independently and as part as part of a team, be able to plan and manage their own work, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques.

In some cases - and particularly for funded studentships - applicants must also hold a Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The Department, one of the leading Genetics Department in the country, aims to provide every opportunity for postgraduate students to develop into mature and independent research scientists. Enthusiastic, hard-working students who wish to work in a multidisciplinary environment on an exciting project are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Genetics offers a range of Research Projects with the following academics.

Information for international students

Please see the English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate funding page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Further details of qualification

Although the University awards the degree of MPhil, the department expects applicants to apply for entry into a PhD programme of study.

Course contact details

Admissions Secretary
+44 (0)116 252 3374