Research course

Biological Sciences PhD

University of Southampton · Biological Sciences
PhD with integrated study

Entry requirements

You'll need either: an upper second class honours (2:1) degree or an equivalent set of qualifications, for example a lower second class (2:2) honours degree, plus an MSc.

Months of entry


Course content

Join the University of Southampton, a global top 100* research-intensive university.

Our research follows themes that focus on the causes and resolutions of some of the most substantial challenges facing humanity and the natural world today.

You'll work with us to lead the latest scientific developments and gain the broader personal and professional skills essential both for your PhD research and for your lifelong career choices.

We have a strong record of supporting postgraduate research students in this exciting and rapidly developing subject, exploring areas such as:

  • Computational and systems biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Ecology and evolution
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and cellular biosciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Plants and food security

You'll work with a supportive team of expert academics and use the latest facilities on MPhil or PhD Biological Sciences research.

*QS World University Rankings 2023

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you'll need an IELTS minimum level of 6.5 with a 6.0 in writing, reading, speaking and listening. Your awarded certificate needs to be dated within the last 2 years.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We offer a wide range of fully funded studentships. We run several of our PhD studentships in partnership with doctoral training centres, meaning you'll benefit from enhanced training and guaranteed funding.

You can explore PhD funding from these sources. This is not an exhaustive list. Check the doctoral training partnership websites for application details:
  • South Coast Biosciences Doctoral Training Programme
  • Interdisciplinary Southampton Partnership for Investigators Researching the Environment
  • Medical Research Council doctoral training partnership
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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD with integrated study
    part time
    36-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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