Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Portsmouth · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry

February, October

Course content


We have a strong reputation for research in Biological Sciences and our modern laboratories contain some of the latest equipment enabling us to undertake world-class research. Enjoy a lively research culture and engage in a variety of research projects, supervised by our academics, who are specialists in their fields.

You have the opportunity to work across a range of research disciplines including, molecular, micro, marine and environmental biology. Research within the field of Biology may also be closely linked to: Biomedical Science and Pharmacy, Geography, Earth and Environmental Science.



The Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) serves as a focus for multidisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences, including both fundamental studies and applied research in the molecular biosciences. Molecular biology is supported by a dedicated molecular modelling centre, a 600 MHz NMR facility, as well as apparatus for DNA profiling and array analysis, while mass spectrometer and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers are available for detailed sample analyses. A further highlight is the European Xenopus Resource Centre funded by the Wellcome Trust, which opened in April 2007.


Biodiversity and Evolution group
Our group explores the diversity of life at levels ranging from the molecular and genetic, to organismal and ecosystem.

Epigenetics and Developmental group
We are interested in the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of development and differentiation.

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Monitoring group
This group is collaboration between the School of Biological Sciences, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Focusing on pure and applied aspects of biological and environmental sciences associated with how humans impact their environment.

Institute of Marine Sciences
Researchers at the Institute of Marine Sciences are at the forefront of international projects researching diverse marine topics from the molecular to the ecosystem/community level.

Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
This research group covers topics including: diversity and function of microbes associated with the GI tract of detrivorous fish, freshwater phage-host dynamics and ecology, and micro organisms associated with the Mary Rose.

Molecular Biophysics group
We focus on the structure of proteins and understanding the molecular basis of their interactions with nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), as well as protein-protein interactions and protein-ligand interactions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Team - Faculty of Science
+44 (0)23 9284 2994