What will I learn?

About our programmes

Choose to carry out your postgraduate studies at Hull and become part of a vibrant, forward-thinking research community. Our postgraduate students are well integrated and fundamental to the work that we do, and we pride ourselves on supporting them to make sure that they achieve their full potential. We have developed an international reputation for our research in evolutionary biology, earth science and functional ecology. Our state-of-the-art research facilities include environmentally controlled tropical and cold water aquarium systems, and a microscopy suite.

A PhD, meanwhile is the ultimate form of student-centred learning, allowing you to focus your research interests and make an original and meaningful contribution to science.


Our academic experts welcome postgraduate research applications across a broad range of topics.

Environment and Ecology

Our work includes physiological, behavioural and evolutionary studies as well as organism-level research. Focuses include:

Aquatic Toxicology
Bioscience Education
Chemical Ecology
Evolutionary Comparative Ecology
Network Ecology Group
Physical Ecology
Sensory Ecology

Evolutionary Biology

Our research examines the varied processes which shape individual, population and species diversity. Focuses include:

Behavioural Ecology
Evolution of Biodiversity
Evolutionary and Environmental Genomics
Invasion Biology
Phylogenetics and Molecular Evolution.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£17,200 per year. The mentioned fee is for year 19-20 there may be slight increase on 20/21.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 September 2020, 1 February 2021, 31 May 2021


University of Hull

Admissions Office,

Cottingham Road,


Kingston Upon Hull,

HU6 7RX, England

Entry requirements

For international students

For entry onto our PhD, you should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

The university is proud to have been making a global impact and challenging the way people think for 90 years.

  • Based in Hull, on the east coast of England
  • Official university partner of Team GB
  • In the top 50 UK institutions for research power
  • Excellent employability rates for international graduates