Entry requirements

2:2 degree (or international equivalent) in a biological-related subject; professional experience may also be considered if applicants have a suitable level of relevant experiential learning.

Months of entry


Course content

Research projects in this area will centre on adaptive decision-making in animals in a range of contexts, including:
- Trade-offs between social and sexual behaviour, learning and other components of life history, such as immune function and disease resistance
- Associative and higher order learning in invertebrates
- Effects of genetic differences in social behaviour on population dynamics in nematodes
- The evolution of insect pollinator systems.

Having attracted more than £36m in grants over the last four-year Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) period, as well as funding from the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF), we have excellent facilities for genomics and post genomics including bioinformatics, imaging, micro-arrays, model organisms (amphibians, arachnids, bacteria, crustaceans, fish, flies, mammals, worms and yeast) mouse and zebrafish transgenics, proteomics and sequencing.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Life Sciences web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559