The School of Biological Sciences has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. We offer a range of PhD and Masters by Research programmes at the cutting edge of research.
We have an international reputation for outstanding quality in our research. Many of our staff are world-leading experts in their fields, giving you the opportunity to work with first-rate researchers and learn the most up to date perspectives from those shaping the latest advances in biology.
PhD/MSc by Research in Biological Sciences
Cutting-edge research across a uniquely broad range of biological disciplines, from genomics, biotechnology, and cell biology, through sensory biology, animal behaviour and evolution, to population biology, host-disease interactions and ecosystem services.
MSc: 1 year full-time. PhD: 3 years full-time. Part time equivalents available.
Advanced coverage of quantitative aspects of the fossil record and the history of life. The programme bridges the biology-geology divide, and will provide you with a strong background for independent research to PhD level or for a career in museums, libraries, management, or the media.
1 year full-time, 2-3 years part-time
Studentships and other funding opportunities
Our top-class training is recognised by UK Research Councils, which have awarded us major Doctoral Training funding. There are a number of fully-funded studentships available within or related to the fields of Biological Sciences.
GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)
An innovative programme designed to train tomorrow’s leaders in earth and environmental sciences in one of three interdisciplinary research themes: Solid Earth, Living World, Changing Planet.
South West Biosciences DTP
Fully-funded training in cutting-edge bioscience and food security research skills, with a thorough training in numerical and systems-based approaches.
4 years full-time
PhD in Complexity Sciences
Interdisciplinary research across engineering, social, life and molecular science - focusing on the development of innovative mathematical methodology, tools and concepts which can be applied and tested on real-world problems.
3 years full-time
PhD in Synthetic Biology
Combining the fundamental understanding of biological systems with the principles of engineering, to create the next generation of industrial and academic leaders in the nascent field of Synthetic Biology.
4 years full-time
Bristol has one of the largest concentrations of funding and support for postgraduate research in the UK. See what studentships are available within the School of Biological Sciences, and search through various funding options for your research degree.