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Biological Sciences PhD

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Full time | University of Southampton | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Biology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Biological Sciences at Southampton offers the latest learning and biological research facilities. 100% of our research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2014).

Our research follows themes that focus on the causes and resolutions of some of the most substantial challenges facing humanity and the natural world today. You'll work with us on the latest scientific developments.

In our graduate school, you will also gain the broader personal and professional skills essential both for your PhD research and for your lifelong career choices.

We have a strong record of supporting postgraduate research students in this exciting and rapidly developing subject area.

Main areas of research

Our main areas of research are:

  • computational and systems biology
  • developmental biology
  • ecology and evolution
  • microbiology
  • molecular and cellular biosciences
  • neuroscience
  • plants and food security

Find a research project

Structured studentships are advertised PhD projects with a title, supervisor, remit and funding already in place.

These projects are set up through collaborations with industry, external partners or through one of several centres for doctoral training that we take part in.

Taking one of our structured studentships will give you access to additional training, conferences and secondments.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

You'll need either: an upper second class honours (2:1) degree an equivalent set of qualifications, for example a lower second class (2:2) honours degree, plus an MSc.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more