Research course

Biology (by research)

University of York · Department of Biology
MSc by research

Entry requirements

For entry to our research degree programmes, applicants will normally be expected to have a good honours degree (first or upper second class or equivalent) in any biological subject. We will consider applicants with backgrounds in Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Environment, Mathematics, Medicine or Physics who can demonstrate a commitment to the biosciences.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The Department of Biology research has been judged world leading in biochemistry, chronic disease, microbiology, plant biology and ecology and it is competitive internationally in all fields of investigation. With a commitment to interdisciplinary research, our research is arranged in eight foci that use state of the art technology to address three global challenges facing humanity.

Our almost 70 principal investigators are supported by current grants totalling £55 million. Every step of our research is carried out with the indispensable help of postgraduate students. No matter which area of Biology you specialise in, you will be working alongside some of the world’s biggest names in their respective fields, at the cutting edge of scientific exploration.

We have around 120 research students, and we take good care of them. As a research student you can expect:

  • a supervisor who directs your research and training
  • your supervisor to spend at least 1 hour per week with you
  • a Thesis Advisory Panel of 2 other staff to monitor progress and offer advice
  • a progress meeting with your supervisor every 2 months
  • a Thesis Advisory Panel meeting every 6 months for which you prepare a report
  • a programme of training in research and transferable skills tailored to your needs
  • opportunities to attend seminars by leading scientists from around the world, and to present your own work through posters and talks

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 328546