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Organisms and Environment PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Environmental Studies Biomedical Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

Organisms and Environment is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Biosciences research programmes. The Organisms and Environment research division focuses on the biology of whole organisms and their roles and interactions in changing ecosystems, in infection and health and at the genetic level. Our aim is to understand the ecological, health and genetic consequences of environmental change on biological diversity. Our approach is to focus on processes and prediction, combining ecological, experimental and molecular approaches, in contrasting groups of organisms. All the major groups are studied, including animals, plants, bacteria, archaea, protozoa, filamentous fungi and yeast.

Research areas are broadly divided into three areas: genomes, diversity and adaptation; individuals, ecosystems and GlobalChange; microbes, infection and communities. The spectrum of research activities include: Microbial and soil ecology; Endangered Species research;
Genomics, metagenomics, population and environmental genetics of plants, animals and microbes; Ecotoxicology in aquatic and terrestrial environments; Community ecology including pest management; Interactions between organisms and their food resources; Behavioural and evolutionary ecology; Chemical ecology and waste management; Population dynamics in freshwater and terrestrial systems; Predator-prey and host-parasite interactions; Epidemiology and pathogenesis, including medically important bacteria.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 4 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


4 years

Start date


Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

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University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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