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Biological Sciences

Increasing numbers of postgraduate researchers at Southampton

Published: 17 January 2014
PhD students

Numbers of postgraduate research students embarking on PhD degrees in Biological Sciences have doubled over the last academic year and are set to continue at this level.

More than 75 students are currently researching across the range of specialisms in biomedical sciences, environmental themes and molecular and cellular topics; Southampton's acknowledged academic expertise in these areas encourages many talented graduates from around the world to apply for the advertised opportunities.

Postgraduate staff team

"Postgraduate research students carry out a great deal of our core cutting edge research," explains Dr Lorraine Williams, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biology. "We welcome graduates who want to continue their careers in science with us through exploring some of the most important issues in the biological sciences; we are proud to be educating tomorrow's leading scientists."

Many of our students are partly funded through industrial collaborations with academic staff, with matching funds provided by the University of Southampton, through the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the Institute for Life Sciences and academics with external research grants. Charities such as the Gerald Kerkut Charitable Trust also provide bursaries and prizes.

Many PhD opportunities involve interdisciplinary work with Medicine, Chemistry, Geography, Ocean and Earth Science, Engineering and other areas at Southampton. The Centre for Biological Sciences' Graduate School, headed by Dr Jeremy Webb, supports the students' academic work with a programme of personal development and training in professional skills and the Life Sciences Postgraduate Society provides social and networking events. Past PhD students from Southampton are now in senior positions in industry, government agencies, agricultural services and science communications as well as higher education.

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