The University of Southampton
Biological SciencesPostgraduate study

Research Degrees

Our mission is to educate tomorrow's biological scientists in an environment at the forefront of research and theory. We are proud of our strong track record of supporting postgraduate research students in this exciting, dynamic and rapidly developing subject area.

Why Southampton? 

Biological Sciences at Southampton offers superb learning and research facilities. 100 per cent of our research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2014). Please contact pgafnes@southampton.ac.uk or +44 (0)23 8059 4348 for more information.

MPhil/PhD Biological Sciences

Opportunities exist for postgraduate research in line with Biological Science's thematic research groups:

Individual funded PhD studentships are shown on the studentships page. If you expect to be self-funding, refer to Money Matters for details of other sources of financial support. When applying you will need to specify how you will fund your postgraduate study and identify a preferred supervisor.

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MRes in Advanced Biological Sciences course

New flexible Master of Research (MRes) in Advanced Biological Sciences degree from Southampton. The one-year course, tailored to your particular interests, is a stepping stone to further study at PhD level or a gateway to many careers in industry (e.g agriculture, pharmaceutical and the healthcare sector), scientific services, science communication, the teaching profession or in scientific policy making.

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MRes Wildlife Conservation

This wildlife conservation masters course is jointly delivered as a unique collaborative programme with Marwell Wildlife. It is the only current Wildlife Conservation programme in the UK to offer the opportunity of such a high degree of interaction between a University and a action-oriented Conservation organisation.

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“Studying for a PhD gives you the unique opportunity to carry out independent research in your particular field of interest.”

Louise Fairless - PhD Biological Sciences, 2013
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