Research course

Fungal Biology & Genetics Group

University of Nottingham · School of Biology

Entry requirements

2:1 degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject; professional experience may also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Research within the Group is focused on fungi, including yeasts, filamentous fungi and lichens. The Group is interested in the physiology, biochemistry, molecular genetics and genomics of these organisms; for example, in the use of fungi as cell factories for the production of proteins and pharmaceuticals. Ecological interests include lichen ecophysiology and the role of lichens in ecosystems. Other major research areas are stress response mechanisms and cell individuality in yeasts and filamentous fungi, the genetics of sexual reproduction in pathogenic fungi and those used in the biotechnology and food sectors, and the epigenetic control of gene transcription.

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

Department specialisms

Protein secretion and stress; fungal metabolic pathways; collecular and molecular toxicology with yeast; Lichen-dominated ecosystems; Population biology of filamentous fungi and lichens; sexual reproduction of Ascomycete fungi

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
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Elizabeth Wilson
+44 (0)115 823 0311