Research course

Mechanistic Biology

University of York · Department of Biology

Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates

Entry requirements

You can apply if you have, or are expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this programme we welcome applications if your background is in any biological, chemical or physical science or mathematics and are interested in using your skills in addressing biological questions.

Months of entry


Course content

By mapping on to the research themes of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, you'll benefit from a regional doctoral training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to enable you to develop a range of research skills in biological and biochemical areas as well as equip you with core mathematical, data analysis and generic professional skills that are necessary for bioscience research in the coming decades.

At York, the White Rose DTP brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry spanning different research centres:

Join us and you will receive so much more than just a PhD. Our students are part of a larger cohort and we offer a structured programme of cohort-wide training modules developed specifically for the DTP in core skills such as bioscience technologies, advanced imaging, data analysis and business development/commercialisation. Your training includes the Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS), where you will spend three months at a host organisation of your choosing. You will gain experience of work in a professional environment, as well as acquiring transferable skills that will be beneficial in your future career.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0)1904 32 8546