Why choose Bristol?

For more information on studying in the School of Biological Sciences please see our leaflet: PGR Study Leaflet (PDF, 223kB)

World Class 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.

Our research has grown from traditional strengths in whole organism biology (e.g. behaviour, ecology) to encompass molecular, cellular and genomic approaches to research on animals, plants, evolutionary mechanisms and ecosystems.

For more information regarding research groups and our Academic staff please click here.

Excellent training

Our top-class training is recognised by UK Research Councils, which have awarded us major Doctoral Training funding.

During your time here you will be trained by world-class researchers at the forefront of their specialisms, who will provide you with valuable and supportive feedback on your progress. Along with access to weekly research talks, research events and our own annual Postgraduate Symposium you will be surrounded by the collaborative and inspirational Life Sciences Community.

Between the Graduate School within Biological Sciences and the other departments in the University, postgraduate students will develop key transferable skills such as statistics, data handling and presentation, scientific writing and communication, and research methods. Our postgraduate research students regularly publish in the world's leading scientific journals.

An Exciting Future for Biology

This is an exciting time to join the School of Biological Sciences with our broad range of exciting research groups, our ever-expanding team of Academic staff and our new 56 million pound Life Sciences Building. These factors have opened up new opportunities in terms of research ability and the state of the art equipment we can offer. Join us as we forge a path to the future of biology!

Ideal location

Bristol is the ideal place to study the life sciences. As well as being home to one of the leading biology departments in the UK, it is the base for other areas of biological expertise, such as the BBC Natural History Unit, the At-Bristol centre of science, art and nature, Bristol Zoological Gardens and the University of Bristol's Botanic Gardens.

It is even possible to walk from the Life Sciences building to a National Nature Reserve, Leigh Woods, and the spectacular Avon Gorge, a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest on account of its unique range of endemic species.

Living in Bristol

Not only has Bristol been recently voted The Best Place to Live in the UK 2017, but it is also a historically and culturally rich, well connected city that is both vibrant and friendly. Bristol was the European Green Capital in 2015, leading the way on environmental issues and sustainability with excellent public transport and a big emphasis on cycling and walking around the city.

Bristol is close to London, whilst also giving easy access to the amazing surrounding countryside.

I enjoy the freedom that you get. My supervisor provided a list of possible research topics but I have a lot of freedom in how I structure my research.

Jana (MSc by Research in Wildlife Conservation)
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