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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

All our postgraduate activity is targeted to doctoral level. As with most British universities, it is usual to register initially for an MPhil degree. Students then transfer to PhD registration subject to satisfactory progress.

To undertake postgraduate research in Biological Sciences, you will need to be able to demonstrate your interest in your chosen area, as well as a commitment to at least three years of research activity.

We actively look for evidence of this in your application and references through, for example:

Academic criteria

There is a minimum requirement for all students, whether funded by Research Council studentships or from other sources including self-funding. In all cases, prospective students should have either:

English language

If English is not your first language, you will need to have already reached a satisfactory standard in an approved test in English, such as Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade C or above, IELTS grade 6.5.


With your application, you will need to provide satisfactory references from two academic referees.

For more information

You can find out about applying for postgraduate research in Biological Sciences here.

For all queries relating to the MPhil/PhD Research Programme in Biological Sciences, contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 4348

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There are plenty of opportunities to get together to talk over what we’re doing. For much of your research you’re working alone in the lab, so it’s good to meet up with your fellow students and discuss your work
Kevin SmythPhD: 'Establishing the developmental function of the rhamnogalacturonan II component of pectin'

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