Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold at least an upper second class UK honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

At the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Life Sciences, the School is home to internationally recognised research scientists and high quality facilities, allowing you to work in a high quality research-focused environment.

Our Research Degrees are based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. The School has strong links with research institutions, business, and industry, both in the UK and overseas, working to develop innovative and exciting areas of research and technology. Research is interdisciplinary and ranges from laboratory-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and biomedicine.

Research in the School of Life Sciences is highly interdisciplinary and ranges from molecular through cellular to the organism level, and spans bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, animals and plants. It is supported by state-of-the-art computational and experimental technologies. Studying this diversity allows us to identify many common principles that operate across the breadth of living systems.

Research activity is divided into the following themes; Development, Environmental, Food Security, Infection Biology, Molecular Cell Systems and Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology.

Department specialisms

Gene expression patterns Brain function and neuro-degeneration Developmental systems & ageing Signalling pathways Adaptation and evolution Ecology and biodiversity Environmental microbiology Biogeochemical cycles Plant genetics Plant stress responses Animal health and welfare Novel crops Epidemiology and modelling Pathogenesis mechanisms Host-pathogen interactions Drugs and Diagnostics Gene regulatory networks Molecular Cell biology Genomics and bioinformatics Single cell biology Synthetic gene circuits Network Reengineering Microbial Communities Novel plant systems

Information for international students

Overseas students are required to show their English proficiency. The admission requirement is IELTS overall score 6.5 (with no component below 6.0) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Funded studentships are advertised on the School of Life Sciences website when they are available. The University also offers a number of Scholarships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Co-ordinator, Ms Nikki Glover
+44 (0) 2476 523502