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The University of Southampton
Biological SciencesPostgraduate study


Our postgraduate research activity is managed through Biological Sciences Graduate School, a dynamic research environment that allows students to develop their individual skills, essential for a successful scientific career.

MPhil/PhD Biological Sciences

As is usual in UK universities, you would register initially for an MPhil award. However the majority of our postgraduate students will later transfer to a PhD.

Our programmes provide an integrated series of training modules to help you develop your professional and personal skills as well as your scientific expertise.

Your research work will be closely supervised and supported, particularly in the early months. At intervals during your project, you will be expected to demonstrate to our academic staff that your work is progressing well and likely to achieve a successful outcome. If you have a sponsor, such as a UK Research Council or an overseas government, this is also an assurance that they will expect.

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

Individual PhD studentships are shown on the news feed at the right of this page. If you expect to be self-funding, refer to Money Matters for details of other sources of financial support.

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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 policymaking.

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MRes Wildlife Conservation

This new 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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