Postgraduate research

Biological sciences

Scientist in laboratory

Work with a supportive team of expert academics and use the latest facilities on MPhil or PhD biological sciences research.


Biological Sciences at Southampton offers the latest learning and biological research facilities. 100% of our research has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2014).

Our research follows themes that focus on the causes and resolutions of some of the most substantial challenges facing humanity and the natural world today. You'll work with us on the latest scientific developments.

In our graduate school, you will also gain the broader personal and professional skills essential both for your PhD research and for your lifelong career choices.

We have a strong record of supporting postgraduate research students in this exciting and rapidly developing subject area.

We offer 2 PhD routes:

Standard route

Apply directly through the university to an advertised project, or by proposing your own PhD idea.

Doctoral partnership route

Applying through one of our doctoral training partnerships (DTP). PhD projects are advertised with a title, supervisor, remit and funding already in place. Taking a structured studentship will give you access to additional training, conferences and secondments.

Main areas of research

Our main areas of research are:

  • computational and systems biology
  • developmental biology
  • ecology and evolution
  • microbiology
  • molecular and cellular biosciences
  • neuroscience
  • plants and food security

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