Research course

Biological Sciences

University of Worcester · Institute of Science and the Environment

Entry requirements

MPhil First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. PhD -A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or The applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. An applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on his or her merits. Evidence of ability and background knowledge must be provided in relation to the proposed topic and research degree. Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department welcome applications in Biology, Biochemistry, Aerobiology and Plant Biology.

The department has a strong record of publication, seminars and conferences, and collaborates with the University of Wales, Cardiff and Pershore College of Horticulture. Research students are supported by the Graduate Research School.

Department specialisms

Ecology, Plant Biology and Horticulture with particular emphasis on plant pathalogy, Biotechnology, Cellular and Molecular Studies in Plants, Phtytosocilogy of Health and Grassland Habitats, Cell Cycles, Cell Death in Plants, Metal Tolerance in Plants and Population Ecology and Genetics. Biochemistry with particular emphasis on cell-cell signalling in plants; plant receptor-ligand interactions; the biology and genetics of plant breeding systems; the genetics of natural hybridisation barriers in plants; the population biology of colonising and invasive species. Aerobiology and Air Pollution - please see the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit.

Information for international students

Overseas based students may register for a research degree provided they agree to attend at Worcester for six weeks a year.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
70 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Robert Herbert
01905 855215
01905 855132